A leading national event management specialist based in the Midlands has appointed a new managing director to accelerate the firm’s UK expansion.

Carl Taylor will lead the UK operations of Stadium, which is headquartered on Bodmin Road, Coventry, but operates globally, and employs more than 1,000 staff.

He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the events industry for the past 18 years, and will play a crucial role in Stadium’s involvement in the summer games.

He joins at a key time for the firm, which recently launched one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history with almost 300 jobs available in the West Midlands.

Carl said: “I’m delighted to be joining Stadium and working alongside such a respected team, which has developed an excellent reputation within the events industry.

“It is also a company which has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, and I feel that ambition – and the core values of honesty and integrity – align perfectly with me.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting our clients, and getting on the ground with all of our teams.”

Carl, who is from Northampton, joins from OCS Group where he helped support preparations for the summer games.

Prior to that he was Head of Events at Carlisle Support Services, working alongside organisations including The All England Club, Lord’s Cricket Group, and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Stadium Founder and Executive Chairman David McAtamney, who continues to lead their global operations, said: “It’s great to have someone of Carl’s experience on board.

“I have no doubt his industry knowledge and contacts will be a great asset for us and our clients, during what is already shaping up to be a busy year.”

Stadium was formed in 2009 and provides traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and Security Industry Authority (SIA) security staff for events.

The firm supports events ranging from the Olympic Games to Premier League football matches, and sell-out concerts to high-profile conferences.