Neil Clayden joins as head of events and hospitality, having spent the last 10 years at Grade I listed Glaziers Hall, in London, where he was operations manager. This role saw him leading delivery of in excess of 400 high profile events each year.
Jason Dignam takes over the role of deputy general manager of QEII Taste, following the departure of Deborah Lynch to another division within Compass Group. Dignam brings a wealth of operations experience at leading London venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Commonwealth Conference & Event Centre and most recently The Brewery, where he spent 12 years as operations manager.
Speaking of their appointments, Matt Williams, general manager, QEII Taste, said: “Neil and Jason both bring with them a wealth of operational knowledge, delivering events to commercial and private clients alike. Neil will be working to enhance customer service and delivery across the food and beverage offer at the centre, while Jason’s blue chip and large-scale event experience will bring valuable insight into creating consistent five-star experiences for our clients.”
Catering at the QEII Centre is provided by QEII Taste by Leith's, an award-winning caterer that continues in the celebrated tradition of renowned founder, Prue Leith CBE.
Always striving to be ‘simply better’ in every way, QEII Taste offers food that is innovative, fresh, uncomplicated and contemporary, to provide guests to the centre with exceptional memories. Food is a key ingredient to the centre’s hosting of more than 500 successful events annually, for groups of between two and 2,500.