Heather Melville was appointed as the Director for Strategic Partnerships and Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives in January 2016, following a successful career in International sales, a role which leverages vast global client relationships together with her sector specialism especially within the Retail and Textile industry. Heather was recently been recognised in Financial Times 2016 inaugural Upstanding 100 Executive BAME Power List (UK & US) and WeAreTheCity 2016, Top 5 Rising Star Champion for Diversity.
A graduate of the IBM business school, together with a wealth of international experience secured over a 30 plus year career in the world of finance, with the last 9 years primarily focused on the SME client base positioned her in a strong place to meet the evolving global challenges of her clients.
Heather is recognised as a specialist within the diversity and inclusion space, primarily around women in business and BAME. A regular contributor on Sky News and BBC World focusing on all areas of diversity and the impact it has on business.
Heather was the Founder and Global Chair of the globally established RBS Women’s Network – Focused Women, which to date has Circ. 12,000 members in 33 countries.
Heather is also an advisory board member to the Gender Network and in 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Women in Banking & Finance Award for Achievement under the category of Champion for Women, and in 2012 was also awarded the World of Difference 100 Award (TIAW) recognising her as one of the top 100 women worldwide who have made a difference to the economic empowerment of women.
Outside of the financial industry, having completed an executive coaching programme, Heather is a Career Coach and Mentor advising young people who are striving to be tomorrows Entrepreneurs. She represents RBS as a Non-Executive Director for Enterprise Enfield a business consultancy funded by the Government to help small businesses. As an established speaker Heather is regularly invited to speak at a number of global business forums, and last but not least is also a Justice of the Peace.
Heather is a mother of 2 sons, a grandmother of 4 girls, who enjoys jazz and driving fast cars!