Partner, Head of International Tax and Tax Policy
KPMG in the UK
Melissa is a Partner and Head of International Tax and Tax Policy for KPMG in the UK. She has extensive tax expertise and advises clients on their international tax issues.
Melissa originally qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor with KPMG. She moved into industry, working with Accenture in San Francisco in 2001, then with Standard Chartered Bank in London and Hong Kong until 2005 - specialising in tax strategy and M&A. Melissa re-joined KPMG in 2005 and was appointed KPMG’s youngest female equity Partner in 2008. She acted as lead tax partner to a number of global banks in addition to leading the Banking M&A Tax team in KPMG in the UK.
In 2014 Melissa became Global Head of Tax at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was accountable for setting, directing and delivering on GSK’s worldwide tax strategy. During 2016 Melissa was also Acting Group Treasurer at GSK.
Melissa returned to KPMG in 2017 to lead the international tax group based in London. She leads the tax relationships with some of the firm’s most significant clients, advising on international and complex tax issues, tax governance, tax technology processes and reporting changes, transfer pricing and M&A.
BSc (Hon) University of Bristol (1997)
Harvard Business School Executive Education
Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum (2017)
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK) (1999)
Chair of the KPMG UK Network of Women (“KNOW”) (2011-2014)
Women in Banking and Finance Awards, Finalist (2014)
Management Today’s “35 Women under 35 (2009)
Women of the Future Awards shortlist (2008)