HRMI 2022: Estelle Hollingsworth, chief people officer, Virgin Atlantic

As chief people officer of Virgin Atlantic, Estelle Hollingsworth is responsible for ensuring the airline’s people can thrive at work, by creating inclusive experiences that energise teams and drive its vision to be the most loved travel company and sustainably profitable.

Hollingsworth brings 30 years of people experience to the role and was previously vice president of cabin at the airline, leading its cabin crew and ground team, and vice president of people experience, where she was responsible for talent, leadership development and learning across the company.

She has worked and lived internationally across five different industries: hotels, financial services, industrial gases, defence and security and now aviation. She joined Virgin Atlantic from BAE Systems where she was the UK HR director of talent and organisational effectiveness.

Prior to that, she spent 15 years with Air Products, setting up and leading specialist HR functions as well as leading the HR function across Northern and Central Europe, based in Brussels.

Hollingsworth graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in French, Spanish and German. She went on to achieve her MBA in business administration and HR management from Aston Business School.


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Estelle Hollingsworth ranked 22nd on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential practitioners in 2022.

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