Mark Taylor is CEO of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII), a premier purpose-built events venue in Westminster. Mark has over 30 years of experience of events, venues and the tourism sector.
He started his career working in Sales for Club Med followed by the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau where he became Assistant Director. Mark moved to the UK in 1990 where he took up the role of Marketing Manager, Wembley Convention and Exhibition Centre and subsequently of Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena before securing the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for Wembley International. Mark then spent 16 years in the arts sector firstly at the Barbican as Commercial and Buildings Director and then Chief Executive of the Wales Millennium Centre before joining the QEII in April 2013.
Since his arrival in 2013, Mark has been taking the QEII Centre on a journey of revitalisation and rejuvenation, both physically and philosophically, working with his team to evolve the business and brand and deliver the ambition to become London’s finest specialist events venue.
Six years on he has re-established the Centre’s ‘wow factor’, transforming the reputation, appearance and performance of the QEII which has seen the Centre achieve its best financial results in its 34 year history. The Centre has received 35 industry awards since 2013, including a miaList Leadership Award in 2015 for Mark’s contribution to the sector.
Mark also currently serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of London and Partners, Meetings Industry Association and Victoria Westminster BID and is married with two children.