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Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman and Founder, ESPA International

Universally recognised as one of the world’s leading spa experts, Susan Harmsworth’s innovative, inspirational and forward-thinking approach has shaped the luxury spa industry into what it is today.

Since the age of 21, Susan has devoted her professional life to spa and wellness, enriching people’s lives globally. Her passion and aptitude for the creation and management of spas and natural products has underpinned the success of health retreats, luxury spas and wellness centres internationally.

Susan’s career has also included health and beauty journalism, spa education programmes and the extensive development of natural skincare and body care products, based on the principles of nature and science. The culmination of this knowledge and a clear vision for what the spa industry should be offering, led Susan to create ESPA in 1993. In 2010, Susan was honoured with an MBE from the Queen in recognition of her services to the spa and beauty industry.

Since its debut, ESPA has rapidly become the world’s first total spa company, specialising in the innovative design, development and management of five star spas throughout the globe. Recognised as global leaders in spa, ESPA successfully combine the design and management of prestigious spas across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural products that are rich in heritage, texture and aroma. An authority in its field, ESPA is proud to partner with luxury hoteliers, property companies and owners around the globe to create some of the world’s finest spas and equally proud to be a British company who manufacture their products in their own state-of-the-art factory in the UK.

Susan is frequently contacted by editors of consumer glossy magazines and international broadsheet papers to offer her observations and vital comment on the spa industry today. Susan has secured her well-deserved position as the industry’s highest achiever, whilst remaining very hands on at ESPA.