Belmond has appointed Carmel McQuaid as Head of Environmental and Social Impact, effective from 2nd January 2024.
In this role, Carmel will be responsible for delivering on Belmond’s environmental and social ambitions. She will further shape the brand’s global sustainability strategy and lead the execution of key global environmental and social projects as well as partnerships across the business.
In her previous role, Carmel worked at Marks & Spencer as their Head of ESG, focusing on addressing environmental and social challenges across the business, including working closely with her leadership team towards becoming a net zero business. Throughout her 15+ years’ experience, she has been instrumental in driving forward one of the most pioneering sustainability programmes, delivering on ambitious ESG commitments, whilst building trusted relationships with stakeholders and constantly raising the bar to meet increased customer and investor expectations.
Dan Ruff, CEO, said: “Carmel joins us at an exciting time. Through a rigorous assessment across our business over the past year, Belmond is entering a new phase in its transformative journey, particularly focusing on environmental and social responsibility. 2024 will see our brand accelerating our efforts, introducing new initiatives and actionable roadmaps that aim to create long-lasting positive impacts on the business, the industry and most importantly, the communities we serve.”