Mel graduated from Durham University with a BA in Economics, followed by a MSC in Business and International Finance. Her training ground was global accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, which saw Mel specialising in auditing banking and finance accounts. A stint in the City followed, as a corporate broker at BMZ, advising a wide range of consumer-facing companies floating on the Stock Exchange.
Mel joined Framestore in 1998, became a Board Director in 2006 and was the studio’s Chief Operating Officer from 2003-2022. She has played a pivotal role in guiding the company as it has grown from a London-based team of 150 to a global network of studios encompassing eight offices, four continents and a headcount of some 3,000 artists, producers and technologists.
She became the company’s CEO in May 2022, and remains as inspired about the company’s work as ever. Having helped take the company from its roots in film, advertising and episodic work to a remit that includes VR, theme park rides and immersive installations, she is excited to steer the company towards the next stage of its evolution.