Glasgow's SECC hires new director of operations

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow has appointed Mark Laidlaw as director of operations.

Mark Laidlaw, director of operations, SECC
Mark Laidlaw, director of operations, SECC

Laidlaw will be responsible for all operational and logistical aspects, as well as event delivery across the SECC campus, which includes The SECC, The SSE Hydro and Clyde Auditorium. He will also be involved in planning the future development and sustainable growth of the business.

Previously, Laidlaw was director of management services at Scottish Rugby Union and has a wealth of experience in stadium and event management. He has also worked at Murrayfield Stadium in the past, where he was responsible for developing it as an events venue and reshaping events programme.

Laidlaw will replace Malcolm Close, who will be stepping down from the position but will continue to be involved in the company by assuming the new role of projects director.

Peter Duthie, chief executive at the SECC, said: "I am delighted that Mark has accepted the role of director of operations.  His extensive experience in managing and developing a major venue and expertise in delivering a world class events programme will be a huge asset to the company.

"The addition of The SSE Hydro has significantly extended our campus and the role of operations director will continue to be a challenging one with future investment already in place for expansion of our facilities."

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: "I have watched the development of the SECC campus over the years and as a frequent visitor to its iconic venues, I have admired the business vision and success. I am excited and privileged to be taking on this role and look forward to playing my part in contributing to the next phase of our business’s future."


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