Sue Harmsworth announces departure from Espa

Sue Harmsworth, founder of spa and skincare brand Espa, has announced that she’s leaving the company.

Harmsworth founded the brand in 1993 and has been pivotal in driving it forward over the past 25 years, extending the company’s reach to more than 70 countries. 

“The time is now right for me to step away from the brand I love,” said Harmsworth. “This move will enable me to concentrate on my passions for spa, integrative medicine, health and wellbeing, and to develop new partnerships and projects.

“I would personally like to thank our amazing customers, spas and global partners, and of course, our team for their loyal support. It has been an incredible journey."

Last year, Espa was acquired by online health and beauty retailers The Hut Group (THG) in a deal believed to be worth at least £100m.

“Espa is in the expert hands of THG, where the team’s passion and expertise will propel Espa forward into its next chapter,” added Harmsworth.

Paul Gedman, chief executive of THG, commented: “More than two decades ago Sue Harmsworth had a revolutionary idea that created the idea of beauty and wellbeing, an idea to provide the best holistic products and spa services around the globe.”

Harmsworth will be still be involved in other global beauty and spa projects, including continuing with her ongoing advisory on the boards for the Global Wellness Summit & Institute, Wellness for Cancer, Forbes and Bench Global Hotel Investment.

Cult make-up brand Illamasqua was also acquired by The Hut Group last year in a deal understood to be worth £25m.