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The Walpole Power List 2020

The Custodians

Introducing the 2020 Walpole Custodians, in association with Investec: A new category for 2020, Custodians holds up the individuals who have progressed their brand’s sustainability goals during a particularly difficult year, in particular the Walpole Sustainability Manifesto pillars: leading the transition towards a circular economy; safeguarding environment and natural resources; guiding suppliers towards sustainable practices; and advocating equal and respectful working conditions.
15th Nov 2020
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The Walpole Power List 2020  The Custodians
Bernie de Le Cuona, Founder & CEO, de Le Cuona

Bernie de Le Cuona is the founder and CEO of de Le Cuona, a purveyor of fine textiles for interiors, with a 27-year history. Bernie is a fabric expert who interior designers, fashion houses and historical bodies all turn to when a textile specialist is called for. She is unique, being at the helm of the design and business operations. With her vision this global brand is a trailblazer of sustainability. Pure is an industry first, the ultimate collection of 100% organic linen certified to GOTS, for those who are pursuing wellness and looking to invest in a healthy lifestyle.

Debra Patterson, Quality Executive, The Savoy

Debra Patterson joined The Savoy in1997 and in this time has overseen the implementation of a diverse range of innovative and creative initiatives to help reduce The Savoy’s environmental impact, attracting national and international industry recognition; notably Virtuoso Best of the Best Award: Sustainable Tourism Leadership Hotel; European Hospitality Awards ‘Green Hotel of the Year’. As Quality Executive, Debra is committed to ensuring sustainability remains a core value at The Savoy and that the standard of excellence and luxurious experience, enjoyed by the guests, is never compromised.

Jocelyn Wilkinson, Responsibility Programme Director, Burberry

In 2017, Burberry launched a new five-year responsibility strategy covering its corporate and philanthropic activities. Sitting across Burberry’s entire footprint, the strategy is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future with goals for 2022.Working closely with Burberry’s global team of in-house sustainability experts, Jocelyn Wilkinson is responsible for the implementation of this strategy, overseeing the continued evolution of Burberry’s programmes. Prior to joining Burberry in 2009, Jocelyn held roles in production management, customer engagement and commercial development at a small luxury clothing brand.

Lucy Thornton, Head of Marketing, Innovation & Sustainability, JING

Lucy Thornton entered the luxury marketing world in 2008 joining superyacht brokerage, Burgess. Following four exciting years in the superyacht industry, Lucy followed her tastebuds to single garden tea brand JING, where she now drives the marketing, innovation and sustainability strategy. During lockdown, Lucy completed the Business Sustainability Management course from the University of Cambridge –reaffirming Sustainability at the forefront of JING’s agenda. As part of the JING team, Lucy is on a mission to ensure that tea producers and their environments thrive long into the future, whilst consumers enjoy a more fulfilling cup of tea.

Melissa Mullen, Vice President, General Manager UK & IR, Jo Malone London

Melissa Mullen joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 2019 as the Vice President & General Manager of Jo Malone London UK & Ireland. With over 20years’experience at retailers including the Aurora Fashion Group, Marks & Spencer and latterly Nike, Melissa has carved an impressive career leading large-scale Digital, Ecommerce, Omni-Channel and DTC businesses & teams. During this time, Melissa has had the opportunity to live and work in five countries across three continents, with the privilege of absorbing new experiences and embracing new cultures. Melissa passionately drives a people-centric approach, maintaining that when we unlock human passion and potential, business results flow near automatically.

Read the brochure here: Power List 2020 Brochure.