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Tea Colaianni

Board Mentor


Tea has developed a portfolio of Non-executive Director roles and is currently Senior Independent Non-executive Director on the board of luxury retailer Watches of Switzerland plc, and NED at multinational law firm DWF Group plc, as well as global payroll and HR service provider, SD Worx.

Previously Tea was NED and Chair of RemCo on the boards of Bounty Brands, Mothercare plc and Poundland plc, and NED at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Alongside her non-executive roles, Tea is Chair and Founder of the WiHTL campaign. A keen advocate of gender diversity, having been involved in a number of initiatives led by Women1st, The Prince’s Trust, the Aspire Foundation and IWF, she rallied support to conduct the first ever research into female leadership across the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure sector in 2018. She has since created an influential collaboration platform of leaders across the HTL sector with the objective of increasing gender representation and diversity at leadership level across hospitality, travel and leisure.

Tea’s executive career spans different industries and countries. Her most recent executive role was Group HR Director at the FTSE 100 Merlin Entertainments. During her tenure, Tea was part of the leadership team that led the business through one of the most successful IPOs in 2013. She set and executed the strategic HR agenda in the business with a market cap of over £4 billion, over £1 billion in annual revenues, and over 27,000 employees in 23 countries across four continents. The transformation of the HR function achieved industry leading engagement scores that attracted several external awards.

Prior to this, Tea was VP of Human Resources for Europe at Hilton Worldwide, driving the strategic HR agenda in a region with $2.5 billion revenue, 20,000 employees and 180 properties across 26 countries.

Tea has two children and lives in Dorset.