Our Board of Trustees ensures good governance of the organisation and full compliance with all statutory responsibilities. They approve the annual business plan, strategy and finances. The Board meets four times a year, in person and digitally. Trustees serve in an individual capacity based on their own skillset and experience, and not as company representatives. Trustees recognise and accept the statutory, legal and fiduciary responsibilities, as set out by the UK Charity Commission.
The Board of Trustees has one sub-committee, covering Finance, Risk and Audit, which is chaired by the Treasurer. The remit of the Finance, Risk and Audit committee is to:
Wolfgang has been the Chair of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (and our predecessor International Tourism Partnership) since 2014, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry.
He spent more than 20 years with Hilton, building his career to President Hilton Europe and Africa. In 2011 he joined joined the Radisson Hotel Group as President & Chief Executive and served until 2017. He was subsequently appointed to the Supervisor Board and functioned as Senior Advisor until 2020.
Today he has a diversified portfolio of different non-executive director and strategic advisory roles in the Travel and Tourism sector and also serves as Chairman of the Board, Hotel School The Hague (NL).
Tim Davis is recognised as a senior executive in the hotel and travel industry, and for his insight and thought leadership on some of the industry’s biggest drivers of change including industry development and competition, changing patterns of demand, digital transformation, and sustainability. Tim’s combination of expertise in brand development, marketing, commercial operations, technology and sustainability has helped companies realise productivity gains and capture value from investments and operational change.
In 2010 Tim founded a research and management consulting firm, PACE Dimensions that helps the leading travel & hospitality brands, travel technology firms and investors accelerate growth, improve performance and competitive edge. Sustainability and digital transformation has been a major focus for the company’s research and innovation, exploiting the synergies between investment in these areas and brand development to increase value and financing capacity to support growth.
Prior to this Tim served on the management board of Hilton International for 9 years and has over 25 years experience leading the Marketing, Commercial and Technology functions for global businesses. Tim has also actively supported Military Charities for over 25 years in various roles as Trustee, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Tim holds a degree in Computer Science, and Diploma in Marketing.
Catherine Dolton has been Chief Sustainability Officer at IHG Hotels & Resorts since 2018 where she leads the company’s Journey to Tomorrow 2030 responsible business strategy and all ESG reporting.
Prior to this, Catherine was Global Head of Investor Relations, leading all activities and communications with institutional investors and sellside analysts. She joined IHG Hotels & Resorts in its Internal Audit team in 2001, where she led hotel audits globally and corporate audits in the EMEA region.
Catherine is Treasurer of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and a member of the Business in the Community Global Goals Leadership Team. She has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales.
Yasmin Diamond is Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at IHG Hotels & Resorts. Yasmin is responsible for all global communications, public affairs and corporate responsibility activity. Yasmin joined the board of ITP in 2019, bringing her communications and sustainability passion to support the future development of the organisation.
Before joining IHG in April 2012, Yasmin was Director of Communications at the Home Office. She was previously Director of Communications at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Communications for Welfare to Work and New Deal; and Head of Marketing at the Department for Education and Skills. Before joining government communications, Yasmin was Publicity Commissioner for the BBC.
Stephen Farrant is a senior sustainability and responsible business professional, now working as an independent advisor, facilitator, coach and consultant.
With some 15 years of experience enabling businesses to work on climate, sustainability and innovation, he started his career in the early 1990s at British Airways.
Most recently he was Director of Sustainability and Innovation at Business in the Community (one of the Prince of Wales’ leading charities) where among other things he established the Circular Economy Taskforce, the Toolkit for Purpose-Driven Brands, and the Responsible Business Tracker. From 2009-2015, he led the International Tourism Partnership (the forerunner to the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance).
Daniella Foster is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability for Bayer’s Consumer Health Division and is a member of the division’s Executive Board. In this role, she is responsible for global public affairs and policy, and for embedding sustainability into the fabric of the divisional business model, including strategy and ambition development, stakeholder engagement, proactive issues management, implementation and impact stewardship. She is the steward of the division’s sustainability commitments to expand access to everyday health for 100 million people in underserved communities by 2030 and to invest €100 million in sustainable solutions.
An integrity-driven leader, Foster has worked with billion-dollar brands and across private and public sectors, from Hilton and Mars to the United States White House, State Department and United Nations. She has a proven track record in driving strategy, change management, business integration and transformation across consumer goods, health, hospitality and government industries. In her nearly 20 years of experience, she’s led corporate and government affairs, business turnarounds, ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) and strategic partnerships.
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Education: M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University; B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.
Melissa Flood has been with Marriott since 2002 and is responsible for establishing Marriott International’s Public Affairs and Social Impact strategies, working to advance the interests of the Company with government leaders, policy-making bodies and non-governmental, community, and business organizations. Under her leadership, the Social Impact and Public Affairs team bridges communities and policymakers to Marriott, driving positive social change and delivering business value.
In this role, she leads the team focused on advocacy and public policy, overseeing all federal, state and local policy work, advocacy campaigns and grassroots activations. Melissa manages Marriott’s public policy communications, executive positioning on policy issues, global association management and Marriott’s political engagement. Since 2017, Melissa also oversees Marriott’s Social Impact team (formerly Corporate Social Responsibility), leading Marriott’s efforts to deliver positive community impact where we have operations through our business practices, strategic partnerships and targeted programs.
Melissa is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Travel Association. She is on the Board of Directors for the Executive Council on Diplomacy.
Lesley is the longest-serving member of staff at Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.
A graduate of the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Lesley is Company Secretary and Head of Facilities at BITC. Responsible for compliance, governance, legal, insurance, facilities and working closely with the CEO, Lesley has worked on a wide range of projects since she joined the charity in 1987. She was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017, being awarded an LVO for 30 years’ service to the Prince’s Charities.
Mike Reilly is responsible for leading the Human Resources function alongside the New Hotel Openings and Central Operations Support functions. The EMEA region operates across 42 countries with in excess of 450 hotels and four corporate office locations.
Mike is a Hospitality Industry veteran having joined Wyndham Hotels and Resorts from InterContinental Hotels Group where he held both Operational and Corporate HR roles.
Prior to joining IHG, Mike worked at Hilton Worldwide, where he led Human Resources for Hotel Operations across Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel and Turkey. For several years previously, Mike had also held the position of European Labour Relations Director responsible for the delivery of an effective labour relations strategy for Europe.
Our members include large and small hotel companies with both international and regional portfolios.
If you are interested in joining our network of engaged hospitality companies and shaping the environmental and social agenda for the industry, please get in touch.