Heahter Melville

Heather Melville | RBS

Director for Strategic Partnerships and Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives | RBS | Banking


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.

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.

For a number of years, she has sat on the judging panel for the prestigious “UK Fashion & Textile Awards”, “The National Diversity Awards”, “We Are The City Rising Stars” as well as the “Brummel’s Top 30”. Through her partnership with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in 2015, she is now a Patron and has been invited as a guest judge for this year’s International competition for young fashion designers within Europe.

The Founder and Global Chair of the RBS Focused Women’s Network, which is managed by volunteers, to date have Circ. 12,000 members in 33 countries. Not only does she sit on a number of internal and external diversity boards, 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!

Rising Star Champion 2016 Shortlist

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald | National Grid

 SWW Submissions Manager, RIIO Delivery and Lead of Women in National Grid | National Grid

Susan is responsible for maintaining National Grid’s relationship with the energy regulator and for securing regulatory funding up to the value of £1bn to deliver new electricity transmission projects.

In 2015 Susan was awarded the EY and Energy UK Young Energy Professional of the Year in recognition of her commitment to the energy industry, and combined with her leadership skills, showing great potential as a future leader in the energy industry.

Susan is also the Lead of National Grid’s UK Women’s network. Susan collaborates and works with diverse team members, whose time is also on a voluntary basis, to support 521 members in professional development and deliver projects to increase future business effectiveness.

Susan is an enthusiastic engineer and is passionate about using her experience and knowledge to promote engineering and careers within the energy industry. Susan regularly presents to schools and universities, mentors students and is a TeachFirst coach.

Susan holds a MEng (Distinction) in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde


Lt Cdr Victoria Percival, MEO, HMS Defender Lt Cdr Percival is the Marine Engineering Officer(MEO) of HMS DEFENDER, a Portsmouth based Type 45 Daring Class Destroyer. Consent form held FRPU(E)

Victoria Percival-Weil | Royal Navy

 Marine Engineer Officer, HMS DEFENDER | Royal Navy

Graduating from the University of Bath (Mechanical Engineering), Victoria joined the Royal Navy in 2005. Following professional training she was assigned as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer of HMS EDINBURGH, deploying on Operation ORION 08 to the Far East.

After this exciting and challenging tour, she studied for an MSc in Naval Architecture at UCL. Passing with Distinction, she took a Safety Regulation role responsible for Escape and Evacuation assurance of all MOD water-borne platforms.

Returning from maternity leave, Victoria was selected for promotion and appointed to T45 Destroyer HMS DEFENDER. As Marine Engineer Officer she has led her engineering department of 45 personnel through a short notice Operational Training programme and deployment to the Gulf.

Proud Mum to a three year-old, Victoria loves her husband and rugby in equal measure. She has represented the Combined Services and Royal Navy throughout her career, serving as Navy Captain for three seasons.


Rising Star in Defence Shortlist 2016