QEII Centre appoints new finance director

By Natalie Blachford

Mark Longford has been appointed as the finance director at London’s QEII Centre, where he will be responsible for all financial aspects of the iconic events venue as well as deputising for the chief executive officer, Mark Taylor.

Following the retirement of former finance director John French, Longford joins with a wealth of experience gained from senior accountancy roles in a variety of companies including Honeywell, Sodexo, Sony, Verizon Communications, BBC, SKY and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Longford is a qualified chartered accountant and fellow of accountancy body the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with a university honours degree in Law from Southampton University.

Speaking after his appointment, Longford said: “I was attracted to the unique position the QEII Centre holds as London’s finest events venue located in the heart of Westminster. I am looking forward to embedding in a highly talented team to ensure the centre maintains and grows its excellent financial performance, with 2017/18 forecast to be QEII’s most successful year to date.’’

Mark Taylor, CEO of the QEII Centre said: “I am thrilled to welcome Mark to the team, who, as well as bringing years of experience in finance, will play a pivotal role in ensuring the centre meets its business objectives, continues to achieve stellar results and continually focuses on building a structure for growth, whilst maintaining and establishing the QEII Centre as a world class centre of excellence.”

For more information about the QEII Centre call 020 7798 4000 or visit www.qeiicentre.london.