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Kate Gibson

Kate Gibson

Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility

How long have you worked for IHG? What were your first impressions of working here?

I have worked for IHG for 9 years. My first impressions of working here were very positive.  Everyone was friendly and I was amazed by how many people I met who had been working in the hotel industry for their whole careers.  It seemed like an industry that people tend to get hooked on and once they start in it they couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.  Within a few months of working at IHG, I realised that I was hooked on the hotel industry as well!

““I really like the people at IHG. It’s true that we have a very special culture””

Have you had any other jobs at IHG and how did you get your current job?

I worked in the Global Strategy Team at IHG for 5 years before moving to my current role in 2011. During my time in the Global Strategy Team, I worked closely with the Corporate Responsibility Team to help integrate IHG’s CR Strategy with the overall strategy for the company.  I have always been interested in Corporate Responsibility, and this experience really inspired me to include a move into the CR team on my personal development plan. And here I am!

What do you like about working at IHG?

My role involves developing and rolling out programmes to help all of our hotels and corporate offices reduce their environmental impact and make a positive difference in their local community. This can be through helping people build their skills and improve their chances of finding employment in the hospitality industry, as well as providing relief for colleagues and local people in times of disaster.  Given our global presence and our huge variety of brands this means that there is always something to think about and always a challenge and an opportunity to seize.  So it is NEVER boring.  There is always something new. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? How do your hobbies play a part in your working life?

Outside of work, I really enjoy biking. Keeping active is important and it really helps me manage my energy both inside and outside of work.  I have two daughters ages 6 and 4 and I adore spending time with them. My family is hugely important to me.  

Tell us about some of the great things you've done by working as a team.

We have won a number of external awards as a team in recognition of the work we have done to embed responsible business across IHG.  At the end of 2013, IHG Shelter in a Storm - our disaster relief programme - was awarded the Best Initiative in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards.  In 2014, the IHG Green Engage system was awarded the Project Icarus Gold Medal for Sustainability from the Global Business Travel Association. 

 

What's your best memory of working for IHG?

IHG’s ‘Race Around the World’ is such a great event.  This is an annual awareness-building and fundraising event for IHG Shelter in a Storm that takes place over a week long period in September.  I love this event because it brings people together from hundreds of our hotels from around the world, all willing to show their support for IHG Shelter in a Storm. It’s very motivational and humbling to see so many people get involved for a cause that is close to my heart.