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KPMG Foundation Trustees

KPMG Foundation Trustees

Find out more about our KPMG Foundation Trustees

Find out more about our KPMG Foundation Trustees

Melanie Richards (Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG in the UK)

Melanie joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice and has more than 30 years of banking experience in bank lending, debt restructuring and capital markets’ instruments. She is also experienced in the origination and execution of a full range of debt capital markets’ products. The debt advisory team has advised on almost 60 billion euros of transactions in the last couple of years with Melanie leading the advice for a number of publicly listed and private companies.

Melanie was appointed to the KPMG UK Board in 2012 and became Vice Chair in October 2014. Following a leadership transition in 2017, Melanie assumed the role of Deputy Chair and now works with the Chairman and Board in setting KPMG’s strategic direction and determining major policy positions.

As Deputy Chair Melanie oversees the stewardship of KPMG and brings the voice of the client to the heart of KPMG’s strategic decisions. She leads KPMG’s Vice-Chairs who represent KPMG’s external voice in the market and works alongside our highest-profile clients and key stakeholders, including regulators, industry bodies and the media.

Melanie is a passionate champion of diversity and is a recognised voice on the issue of gender equality. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, a pioneering campaign focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership.

She is the executive sponsor of the Hampton Alexander Review with the aim of increasing the number of female executives at Britain’s 350 biggest public companies.

In September 2017 Melanie was named #1 in the FT’s Female Champion of Women in Business list.

In June 2016, Oxford Brookes University awarded Melanie an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration for her many achievements in business and her active promotion of gender equality
In 2014 she joined the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board.

Melanie is Vice Chair of The Eve Appeal, which funds research into developing effective prediction and detection of gynaecological cancers and is a governor of Eastbourne College.

Robin Cartwright

Robin is a Senior Adviser at Social Finance, the leading non-profit social investment organisation known for the social investment bond. He is leading the team dedicated to developing and implementing a new approach to leaving care, working with localauthorities across UK, following a successful funding round.  He is a Trustee of the KPMG Foundation for whom he pioneered an impact reporting approach, and shaped the ‘investment’ strategy of not-for-profit challenges in education, children-in-care and vulnerable children. 

He was a 15-year Partner from KPMG’s Global Strategy Team. At KPMG Robin ran the European deal strategy (Commercial Due Diligence) capability in Amsterdam and London, working, over a ten-year period for the largest Private Equity buyout investors and lenders. He worked on ‘pathfinder’ PFI deals in the defence sector. Robin also led KPMG’s M&A business for both industrial markets and business services, and was Lead Partner the Department for Education. He started his career with 9 years in MoD in intelligence and security, leaving as a Principal, leading teams protecting British interests from potential Middle-Eastern threats.

Christine Gilbert

Christine is probably best known in her role as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted where she brought together three different inspectorates to create a new organisation with greater impact. However, she has also been a teacher, a secondary headteacher, a director of education, first in Harrow and then Tower Hamlets, and a local authority chief executive in two London boroughs. She is passionate about transforming the lives of the least advantaged children and young people. 

Over the last few years, Christine has been involved in a range of education projects and is currently working with a number of local authorities as they develop their vision for the future. She is a visiting professor at UCL institute of Education in London.As Executive Chair of the charity Future First, Christine is focused on helping to establish a thriving alumni community in every school and college in the country so that young people benefit from motivational role models. She is a Trustee of the charity CfBT Education Trust. 

Christine received CBE in 2006 for services to education and local government.

Rachel Hopcroft

Rachel joined KPMG LLP in March 2016 as Head of Corporate Affairs. Working directly with the Chairman, she leads the teams that promote and protect KPMGs reputation, brand and voice. That includes corporate responsibility, public affairs and public policy. She has been active in the firm’s response to Brexit, leading our public engagement and is also responsible for social mobility. Rachel sits on the firm’s Inclusive Leadership Board, the Apprenticeships Steering Committee and attends the KPMG UK Board.

Prior to joining KPMG, Rachel was Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, at the Cabinet Office (a Director-level post) for 4 years (2012-2016). In addition she has over a decade of experience in the Civil Service in critical policy and delivery roles – largely in the justice and home affairs space.

Rachel is on the Board of Enactus UK, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. She is also on the Living Wage Advisory Council, an issue on which KPMG has a long and proud association. She is a trustee on the KPMG Foundation Board, an independent charitable Foundation that focuses on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under-privileged.

Fahad Raja

Fahad studied at Cass Business School and upon graduation joined a social enterprise supporting students achieving graduate jobs. Using the revenue, the organisation supported The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF); one of the largest education charities in the world, educating 175,000 children a year in Pakistan. Fahad then spent two years at Towers Watson where he was focused on Private Equity and Real Estate fund investing, covering large and mid-cap European managers. At Towers Watson, he led the publication of the FT’s Annual Global Alternatives Survey.

He joined KPMG LLP in 2014 in the Transaction Services team which supports corporate telecoms, media and technology clients through the deal process. He has also spent time within the Strategy consulting team at KPMG.

Over the last few years, Fahad has been involved with a number of social and business initiatives. He was a governor at a primary school in Lewisham, represented KPMG on the board of a local secondary school in East London and COO of the KPMG’s Graduate Development Network - an internal network comprising of over a 1,000 graduates. He continues to be an active mentor at his alma mater and volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen for homeless people in Central London. He has continued to regularly advise two start-ups he helped co-found in the technology space.

Fahad is a CFA Level III exam qualified and due to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in Autumn 2017.

Peter Sherratt

Peter Sherratt became European Legal Director of Lehman in 1991, was the youngest member of the management committee and the youngest Managing Director at the firm soon after. His responsibilities came to include development of the firm's philanthropy and community programmes, Audit, Large Transaction Approval, Communications and Compliance. He was made a Vice Chairman of the firm in 2007. Peter was formerly Chief Legal Officer, Europe, ME and Asia for Lehman Brother and prior to joining, worked as a pupil barrister at the commercial chambers 1 Essex Court, Middle Temple. 

Peter is Founder of The Relief Trust, which supports education and leadership, particularly for women in the developing world. He is also a Trustee and one of the founders of Against Malaria, which distributes bed nets in the most infected areas of the world. It is the worldwide no. 1 ranked charity by the charity rating agencies, Give Well and Give What You Can, and has delivered over 1 million quality nets to people with a high risk of infection. Peter works with Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) which is one of the world's leading NGO's in the field of girls' education. It operates in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Peter is currently a main Board Director of Formula One, the global rights and race organisation company, a Council Member of the Heart of the City Council (since 2009) and has served on the Board of the Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership since 1993. 

Peter is a keen swimmer, completing a solo crossing of the English Channel in 2011. He formerly played chess at county level, holding the then World Champion to a draw in a simultaneous match. He is married to Lesley, they have two daughters and live in Cambridge.

David Woodward

David Woodward is a KPMG LLP Partner, where he specialises in tax relief and incentives for innovation. In addition, David leads KPMG’s EMEA wide-development programme for new Partners. David has been with KPMG for over 20 years, undertaking a number of roles. Prior to his career in tax, he worked in the property and construction sector, qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

David has been chair of the Trustee Board of a charity working with homeless young people. He is married with two children and is a keen skier and cricketer, coaching and playing at his local club.  

Director - Jo Clunie

Jo has worked at KPMG LLP since 1993, formerly as a Management Consultant in the Banking & Insurance Sector. Jo established the Foundation in 2001 and was responsible for the management of the Millennium Appeal.

Advisor - Lucy Ball

Lucy has advised the KPMG Foundation since she helped set it up in 2001. Lucy has extensive experience of advising corporates and foundations on grant making strategy, policy and practice.

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