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Mark Lumsdon-Taylor attended Keele University where he read Law and Economics, and on leaving obtained a position as auditor within a top London firm in 1997. He quickly rose to become director of audit. Mark joined Hadlow College in 2002 with an initial brief as a ‘trouble shooter’ to design and implement a 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, commercial and global operations. He was appointed Director of Finance & Resources in 2004 after extensive work following further recovery and reorganisation of the College’s activities, which is now in the top category for financial stability and rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Mark has been instrumental in building Hadlow College into a regional and national brand for land based education and services to industry with the recent formation of ‘Hadlow Group’ including West Kent and Ashford College & Betteshanger Sustainable Parks. Mark’s work has been acknowledged by being awarded UK Finance Director of the Year (Public Sector) in 2007 and again as a runner up in 2010. The College has recently been awarded the prestigious Finance for the Future ‘Public Sector’ Winner for UK in June 2012 and the UK Finance Director of the Year in 2014.
Mark is a Kent Ambassador, a Director of the Kent County Show and a trustee of Ellenor Charities.