Swansea University has awarded an honorary degree to former Swansea University business studies student Amanda Mellor.

Amanda Mellor was presented with the honorary award today (19 July) during the degree ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Amanda Mellor graduated from Swansea University with a degree in European Business Studies with French and started her career in the City working in fund management and then investment banking for James Capel and Robert Fleming.

After working in London and Paris, Amanda left banking to pursue a career in industry in investor relations and corporate affairs, working with companies in the UK and the US before joining Marks and Spencer as Director of Investor Relations.

While at M&S, she was promoted to Group Secretary and an executive member of the Group Operating Committee.

From M&S she joined Standard Chartered Bank, a leading international banking and financial services group across Asia, Africa and Middle East, as Group Secretary.

Earlier this year Amanda joined GSK and is the first Group Company Secretary of Haleon plc, a new world leader in consumer healthcare. Haleon separated from GSK and listed as a public company this July in one of the largest ever demergers and listings in the UK.

Amanda was made a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in recognition of her involvement in the promotion of best practice and reporting in UK Corporate Governance and the role of the company secretary.

Amanda has a lifelong connection with the Swansea region, especially Gower, the home of her family.

On receiving her award, Amanda Mellor said: “I am very grateful for the time I spent studying at Swansea. It was a degree here that started me on my career path. I am very humbled and honoured to be presented with this award from the University.”