UKHospitality has announced the appointment of Allen Simpson as its Deputy Chief Executive. Simpson, an experienced tourism, investment, and city marketing professional, transitions to this role from London & Partners, where he served as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive. His career highlights include influential positions at Barclays Bank, the London Stock Exchange, Labour in the City, and as a Strategy Board Member of Progress.
In his new position at UKHospitality, Simpson oversees corporate social responsibility initiatives, policy development, and communications. Recognised for his advocacy in the tourism industry, Simpson has expressed concerns about the sector being undervalued by the government, attributing this to "snobbery" in a statement to MPs in 2022.
Simpson's arrival at UKHospitality is pivotal as the industry prepares for a general election. He emphasises the significance of hospitality, leisure, and tourism to the nation's economy and global standing, acknowledging their contribution to skilled careers and societal development. "I'm looking forward to working closely with members at what is undeniably a challenging time for the sector," Simpson stated.
The broader leadership team at UKHospitality remains consistent. Jackie Marlow, the Chief Operating Officer, will expand her responsibilities to include finance, while Tony Sophoclides will continue to lead political engagement and external communications. Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, commended Simpson's appointment, highlighting his extensive knowledge and ability to collaborate across government and industry sectors. "His appointment strengthens our ability to represent our members at a critical time, ahead of a Budget and looming general election," Nicholls remarked.
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