Melanie is Chief Executive at Action for Children. She was previously Interim Managing Director Corporate Shared Services until December 2019.
Melanie began her career with KPMG, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She went on to join Cadbury Schweppes, where she pursued a successful 18-year career in a variety of commercial Financial Director roles at business unit, region and group level. She supported across all functions, and spent some time heading up the audit and risk agenda.
Melanie has an interest in languages and has spent several spells working abroad in France and Germany.
Following the Kraft takeover of Cadbury, Melanie decided to take her career in a different direction. Keen to follow her values, she moved into the not-for-profit sector, first as Finance Director with London Business School. Later she became Executive Director Finance, Legal and Audit at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Melanie draws on broad commercial experience to provide valuable financial guidance to the Leadership Team. She also brings a strong focus on process improvement and achieving value for money.
Melanie lives in Amersham with her husband and son, both of whom are sports mad – so Melanie is a frequent spectator at various sporting events. She also likes getting out and enjoying the beautiful Chilterns countryside.