Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Deputy Group Principal and Deputy CEO, Hadlow College
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor attended Greshams School followed by Keele University where he read law and economics. On leaving, he joined a leading London accountancy firm where he undertook an ACA training contract and quickly rose to become a director of audit.
Mark joined Hadlow College in 2002 with an initial brief as a ‘troubleshooter’ to design and implement fiscal recovery and to effect change within the college’s central services. He was formally appointed to the senior management team in 2003 with responsibility for finance and commercial and global operations. He was appointed Director of Finance & Resources in 2004, after extensive work involving further recovery and reorganisation of the college’s activities (Hadlow is in the top category for financial stability, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). July 2016 saw him promoted to Deputy Group Principal and Deputy CEO of the organisation.
Mark has been instrumental in building Hadlow College into a regional and national – and increasingly international - brand for the provision of land-based education and wide-ranging business services, most specifically for the rural sector.
He led the 2014 takeover acquisition and subsequent financial recovery of West Kent and Ashford College, and in negotiating the purchase of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks. The latter, a £30 million scheme located on the site of the former Betteshanger colliery, is set to drive regeneration of the site and the area, combining sustainable business and commerce, education, sustainable energy and tourism. Under Mark’s financial steerage, Hadlow has grown from an organisation with a £3m turnover into an innovative £52m fully-commercial educational group.
Mark’s work was acknowledged when he was awarded Accountancy Age UK Finance Director of the Year (Public Sector) in 2007. In 2008, Hadlow College was awarded the title ‘KEIBA Large Company of the Year’ for its performance in business and was the 2012 Finance for the Future Winner in the Public Sector category.
In 2014, Mark was awarded Financial Director Magazine’s UK Finance Director of the Year.
Most recently, the Hadlow Group was named Top Public Sector Company at the national Institute for Turnaround Awards 2016, for the successful and sustainable turnaround and transformation of a public sector organisation, executed with transparency and integrity.