Women in Finance: 6-10 revealed!


Our first Women in Finance ranking in 2018 spotlighted influential women across various sectors, including government, business, finance and accountancy, who are all leaders, trailblazers and transforming their respective fields.

This year, we had so much interest we decided to extend the list from 20 to 35 women.

Last month, we put forward a longlist of female leaders to an audience vote. This week and next, we’ll be announcing the results of the vote – listing five women each day ahead of the full ranking release of the Top 35 Women in Finance on 30 April.

Here we present the next five women who have been named in positions 6-10 – based entirely on your votes.

6. Michelle Quest, Head of Tax, Pensions and Legal Services, KPMG

Quest leads KPMG’s work on the changing tax landscape and tax strategy, while sitting on the Global Tax Steering Group.

She joined KPMG in 1997 from Robson Rhodes. From 2001, she specialised in providing tax advice on corporate transactions, reorganisations and reconstruction.

She was then part of the Private Equity team from 2003 to 2009 and led both the UK PE tax practice and the M&A tax practice in the UK and EMA.

From 2010 until 2012, was on the UK board as head of people, responsible for strategic and operational HR. She is also a member of KPMG’s ExCo, where she plays a key role in shaping the firm’s Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality (IDSE) agenda.

7. Melanie Richards, Deputy Chair, KPMG

Richards joined in 2000 to develop the debt advisory practice, dealing with almost €60bn of debt in the past couple of years.

She was appointed to the UK board in 2012, became vice chairman of KPMG UK in October 2014 and deputy chair of the firm in October 2017.

Prior to joining KPMG, Richards spent 15 years with NatWest and three years with Hambros’ fixed income group.

She is a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee, which focuses on increasing female representation in FTSE boards and leadership. The International Centre for Research on Women recently described her as a ‘champion for change’.

8. Sarah Willows, CFO, KPMG 

In 2015, while UK sector lead for energy, Willows went on maternity leave, and was promoted to CFO before she returned to the office. She works part time and has been listed in the Timewise Part Time Power 50 list for the past two years.

She has been a KPMG Partner since 2000 and held many client facing and internal leadership positions.  Over the past 30 years Willows has worked in KPMG’s audit, deal advisory and consulting capabilities.

As well as managing the firm’s finances, financial strategy and business planning, she chairs the firm’s Investment review board and is the partner sponsor of the internal parenting network.

9. Heather Self, Tax Partner, Blick Rothenberg/Women in Tax

Self joined Blick Rothenberg as a partner in the corporate tax team in January 2018.

She was a partner at Pinsent Masons and prior to that was the head of tax at a FTSE 100 company, an anti-avoidance adviser at HMRC and a partner at a big four accounting firm.

She is a member of International Tax Review’s Global Tax 50 2017 for her work setting up the Women in Tax network.

She has was a member of the CBI Tax Committee for a number of years, and is a former chair of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s technical committee.

She is restoring an ex-British Rail steam engine.

10. Genevieve Moore, Head of Corporate Tax, Blick Rothenberg

Moore joined Blick Rothenberg in 2013 and was appointed head of corporate tax in 2015 at the age of 33.

She has doubled the size of the corporate tax team in four years and has ambitious growth plans for the coming year.

She is a chartered tax adviser for corporates and individuals on commercial transactions across property, tech, hospitality and retail sectors.

Moore started her career in a tax trainee position at the age of 18, an early pioneer (and advocate) for what would now be referred to as a modern apprenticeship.  She is passionate about developing talent and is a mentor to junior colleagues.


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