Enterprise Enfield Board Director Recognised in Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leader List
Enterprise Enfield Board Director, Heather Melville, has just been recognised as one of the 2017 Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders. The EMpower Role Model lists celebrate the incredible achievements of the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic*) business community in UK, Ireland, United States and Canada and are published annually in partnership with the Financial Times. The list recognises 100 senior Role Models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place - all are successful senior ethnic minority executives working up to three levels from the chief executive.
Heather is Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Global Chair and Founder of Women's Network. She is currently working with the Director of HR, Corporate & Private Bank, Coutts Private Banking & Corporate & Commercial Banking introducing them to the Executive Leadership Committee to improve where the organisation looks to find strong BAME talent. She sits on a number of external client forums which are looking at how RBS can embed a structured mentoring programme specifically for BAME employees across industry and supported by CMI, through the lens of managers and leaders. She is also a regular business contributor to Sky News and BBC World, on female entrepreneurship.
Externally, a huge amount of Heathers spare time is spent mentoring young people from all backgrounds and industries. Additionally, she currently holds 2 NED board roles, which provide her with the opportunity to drive change for both women and BAME individuals. As the only black woman on the board for Enterprise Enfield and CMI, Chartered Management Institute, she is working to engage support for BAME start -up businesses. In 2016 Heather was invited to participate in a round table that contributed to the McGregor -Smith report that was produced for the government.
A graduate of the IBM business school, Heather has worked in the financial sector for 30 years and has a wealth of professional and personal experience. She is firmly committed to supporting the growth of small and medium sized businesses and offers her time and expertise voluntarily to Enterprise Enfield's Board of Directors to assist with the development of valuable business growth and support services in the region.