Name:                         Melinda Roylett

Graduating Year:       2003

Degree:                       Bachelor of Commerce

UNSW Volunteer:       Director of the UK Foundation Board of UNSW

What inspired you to study the degree you chose?

I might be showing my age but in the 1980s my mother and I used to watch a television show called "LA Law" together on television. I thought the characters on that were very cool,  and that was definitely a motivation for me choosing to study law! Then, I had always liked commerce- as a child I used to set up popcorn stands by the street. Hence the law/commerce combination was a natural one for me!

What led you to your current position and chosen career path?

For me, it was trying things and pivoting rapidly early in my career that helped me pick the right path. I moved into commercial law first, then tried international law, consulting and then financial services and technology, which is where I have remained today. Getting to my level has been a result of three things- taking on and succeeding with the difficult projects, being outspoken, passionate and resilient and being able to excite people around execution of a mission.

What has led you to reside in the United Kingdom?

I have always loved travelling and big cities. London is one of the largest cities in the world and the most connected- and as such has been a great base to see the world from.

What are your fondest memories from your time studying at UNSW?

Coffee on the library lawn, dancing on tables at law drinks, clandestine chatting during long lectures.

If you could have given your ‘uni self’ some advice what would it have been?

Study less and network more!

Why did you decide to join the UK Foundation Board?

I was very fortunate to have received much assistance from UNSW and the Australian government and that made it possible for me to attend university. I am keen to do something to give back.


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