Tea Colaianni


Group Human Resources Director

Tea has steered the international HR teams through the challenge of Merlin’s rapid growth, creating a motivational and modern global HR strategy which reflects Merlin’s culture and the issues associated with its fast global growth.  She has introduced an industry-leading graduate scheme, initiated development programmes and incentive schemes, and achieved levels of employee engagement which rival those of larger and more established global companies.   

Tea began her career in Brussels as a lawyer advising multinational companies on EU related affairs, moving in 1997 to her first corporate role as Director of Employee Relations & Labour Law for Global One.  She relocated to London in 1999 to work for GTS/Ebone as Vice President Human Resources, and then moved into the leisure industry as Vice President Human Resources, Europe, UK and Ireland for Hilton Hotels Corporation.  Tea joined Merlin Entertainments as Group Human Resources Director in February 2010.  She is a strong supporter of gender diversity in business and sits on both the Leadership Council for Women 1st, and the Prince’s Trust Women Leadership Group.