Vanessa started her professional life as a solicitor in a city firm specialising in handling multinational commercial and insurance issues.
She joined KPMG LLP in 1986 and became General Counsel of KPMG UK and Europe. She advised on a wide range of legal, risk and reputational management and governance issues.
Having left the firm in 2015 she is engaged in a number of governance advisory roles both as a consultant and and as a Non-Executive Director. She is an Independent Non Executive director at ICE Futures Europe and Companies House, a Council member and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a charity Trustee.