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Tea Colaianni

Board Mentor


Tea Colaianni has successfully developed a portfolio of Non-executive Director roles. She has recently been appointed as a NED on the Board of the multinational law firm DWF LLP. Alongside this role, Tea is a NED of global Payroll and HR service provider SD Worx and also chairs the Women in Hospitality 2020 review which focuses on how well-equipped the hospitality, travel and leisure industry is to achieve 33% female representation across boards and executive committees by 2020.

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.

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 Vice President 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.