InterContinental Hotels Group
Head of Interior Design at InterContinental Hotels Group
Emma leads InterContinental Hotels Group – Interior Design team and is responsible for the design, development and product quality of all new openings and refurbishments. Since joining IHG in January 2013, Emma has become an integral part of the Design & Engineering team. She is leading the design of IHG’s big capital investments including InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental Paris Le Grand and InterContinental Berlin. She is tasked with the integration of the innovation program at IHG, and has worked on the repositioning strategy and implementation of the new generation Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn and the Crowne Plaza brands. Emma and her team have been instrumental in positioning the hotel indigo brand with a “neighbourhood story” led design for each site. No brand has been left untouched, with IHG’s long stay offering, Staybridge Suites, also being redesigned with investment potential in mind. While currently working on three new brands for IHG – in her spare time Emma is designing and building a new house with her husband Toby.
Prior to joining IHG, Emma was Director of International Interior Design at Marriott International and focussed on providing specialist guidance for submitted designs across the Marriott brand family. An Interior Architect by training at Cardiff University and despite over 20 years’ hotel design experience, she believes that there is always more to see and learn.