Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee
Mr. Solomons was Chief Executive of InterContinental Hotels Group plc from 2011 to 2017, and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer from IHG’s inception as a standalone public company from 2003 to 2011. During his time at IHG Richard also held various finance roles as well as Chief Operating Officer and Interim President of IHG’s Americas region. Richard was heavily involved in promoting the hospitality industry, including as a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council, a Governor of the Aviation and Travel Industry Group of the World Economic Forum and an executive committee member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Prior to joining IHG, Richard worked in investment banking for seven years based in New York and London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Richard has recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manchester and was a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer plc until July 2018. Richard holds a BA (Econ) from the University of Manchester.
Chair of the Board’s Remuneration Committee
Ms. Walsh is a non-executive director and chair of the Remuneration Committee at Mitchells and Butlers Plc and First Group Plc. She was also a member of the Board of William Hill until May 2018 and Mothercare Plc until October 2016, again as Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Previously Imelda was Group HR Director at J Sainsbury Plc and a member of the Operating Board until July 2010. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Sainsbury’s Bank and a Trustee Director of the charity Comic Relief. In 2008, Imelda led an independent review of the proposed extension of the right to request flexible working to parents of older children, on behalf of the Government. She was also one of five commissioners on The Workplace Retirement Income Commission, which published its recommendations on how to revitalise workplace retirement savings in August 2011. Imelda has held a number of senior HR roles, in Barclays, Coca Cola and Schweppes Beverages and Diageo. She has a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Manchester and a master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Espenhahn has long financial experience, having worked on audit, tax and investigations with Deloitte, Plender, Griffiths & Co and, from 1972 to 1998, in corporate finance with Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd and Deutsche Bank. He was subsequently a non-executive director and later chair of Telspec plc, a telecoms manufacturer, and chair of Bibendum Wine (Holdings) Ltd and Old Broad Street Research Ltd. Mr. Espenhahn has an MA in Economics and Law from the University of Cambridge.
Lord Matthew Carrington
Lord Carrington is a member of the House of Lords and non-executive director of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and CarringtonCrisp Ltd. He has been a non-executive board member of various businesses and associations, including Gatehouse Bank plc, where he was also chairman of the board from 2015 to 2017. He has served as Chief Executive of the Retail Motor Industry Federation and Executive Chairman of the Outdoor Advertising Association. From 1993 to 1996, Lord Carrington was a member of the Treasury Select Committee, becoming Chairman in 1996, and served as Government Whip. Lord Carrington was also a manager at the Saudi International Bank in London, where he set up and ran the bank’s Islamic financing department. Lord Carrington holds a BSc in Physics from Imperial College London and a MSc in Economics from the London Business School.
Professor Tensie Whelan
Professor Whelan is Clinical Professor of Business and Society and Executive Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she brings 25 years of experience working to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she led the organisation’s substantial growth and established the Rainforest Alliance into an internationally recognised brand. Her previous work includes serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and as a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognised by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and has served on non-profit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and currently sits on the Globescan board, Inherent Group and Arabesque Advisory Boards and the Odebrecht Global Advisory Council. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management Program.