Melanie Eichhorn-Schurig joined Parents 1st initially as NED Finance in early 2018. She took up the position as CEO in June 2019 until late 2021 and is now supporting the Board, continuing to be a valued member of the Parents 1st Essex team.

Melanie holds a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Said Business School (Oxford University), the FT NED Diploma, a LL.M. and a masters level degree in Business Administration. She has extensive experience within the Financial Services industry where she worked most recently as a Programme Manager. Prior to that, she worked as Head of Internal Audit for a brokerage firm and has held a number of positions within Internal Audit and Compliance. Melanie has a keen interest in social finance and during her time as CEO sought ways to ensure that Parents 1st Essex could enhance its financial sustainability.

'I am very proud to continue supporting the board following my return to a role as a project manager within the financial services industry.'