New deputy chief exec for UKH

In a newly created role.

Allen Simpson has been appointed as the new deputy chief executive of UKHospitality (UKH). He joins from London and Partners, the mayor of London’s tourism, inward investment and city marketing agency, where he served as executive director and, in 2021, acting chief executive.

In this new role, Simpson will provide strategic oversight across UKH’s corporate social responsibility, policy and communications output. He brings a wealth of experience from the tourism and leisure sector and expertise across economic development, business strategy, corporate affairs and communications, having also previously worked at Barclays Bank and the London Stock Exchange.

Simpson said: “I have seen first-hand in my career just how important hospitality, leisure and tourism is to the economy and our global competitiveness. It is a crucial provider of skilled careers across society and I care deeply about it.  

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKH, added: “Allen is a first-class addition to the UKHospitality team. His appointment strengthens our ability to represent our members at a critical time, ahead of a budget and looming general election.”

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