HKA welcomes Melanie Richards, CBE as Non-executive Director to its board

HKA, a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services, announced today that Melanie Richards, CBE, joins its board as Non-executive Director.

Melanie has over 40 years of corporate finance and capital markets experience. Until September 2020, she worked as Deputy Chair for KPMG UK, with a focus on risk, culture, diversity and inclusion, reputation, and environmental social governance (ESG).

She is currently a Non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley International, a member of the boards of the Royal National Theatre and Invictus Games Foundation and Chair of The Eve Appeal.  She sits on the advisory boards for both the Centre on AI Technology for Humankind at the National University of Singapore Business School and the UK Government’s National Leadership Centre.

“We are delighted to welcome Melanie to our board. Her professional achievements, significant experience and dynamic skillset will bring new depth and perspectives to HKA as we pursue our growth strategy with our new investors PAI Partners.

“Her business experience will be immensely beneficial to HKA as we deliver our growth plans and expand into new industries and geographies. We are particularly keen to improve our ESG performance, with equality, diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability a key area of focus for HKA. We know Melanie’s expertise in these vital areas will ensure we excel in their progression.”

Renny Borhan, Chief Executive Officer

Melanie was awarded a CBE for her contribution to business and to the diversity and inclusion agenda in 2019. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, sits on the Steering Group of the FTSE Women Leaders Review and won the Outstanding Contribution to Social Mobility Award in 2018. She is an Honorary Member of the ICAEW and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Administration from Oxford Brookes University.

“I am pleased to be joining a high-performing collaborative company that has shown significant growth and success in its first five years. I very much look forward to working closely with the Board and the executive management team to build on the business’ strong foundations operationally and in relation to ESG.”

Melanie Richards, CBE, Non-executive Director

“We look forward to welcoming Melanie to the board. Her expertise and profound knowledge and understanding of the professional services industry will be invaluable as we deliver the next phase of our growth journey in partnership with PAI Partners.”

John Alexander, HKA Chairman


HKA is a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation and dispute resolution, using our multi-disciplinary expertise to provide a comprehensive set of specialist services:

  • Expert, Claims and Advisory services for the capital projects and infrastructure sector
  • Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages services for all types of contracts, including commercial and investment treaty disputes
  • Consulting services to support companies working on US Federal Government contracts.

HKA brings a proud record of excellent service and high achievement to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts and advisers, we help clients manage disputes, risk and uncertainty on complex contracts and challenging projects.

We work with government agencies, local authorities, contractors, legal firms, and other professional service providers, as well as owners and operators, financial institutions and insurers. Clients have access to leaders and problem-solvers who decode complexity through collaborative working and innovative thinking, making the best possible outcomes a reality for our clients, every time.

As well as more than 500 expert witnesses, HKA now has in excess of 500 advisors and consultants – across 40+ offices in 18 countries – with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues. Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

HKA’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries including buildings, industrial and manufacturing, power and utilities, resources, transportation infrastructure, technology, financial services, government contracts and non-profit.

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