Mark Hilton

Membership & Skills Policy Director

Mark is Executive Director, People and leads our work on skills, immigration, employment, inclusion and diversity and education, as well as Brexit. His team has account management responsibility for our members in the education, financial services, legal services, health, and hospitality sectors, and Mark leads our cross-organisational member engagement strategy. 

Mark works to ensure London business has access to the talent it needs, by working with members and stakeholders on high profile and integrated policy and campaigning activity, including the London Skills Commission and our #Full Strength coalition. He has cultivated an extensive network across business, education, policy and government.

He is a member of the Greater London Authority’s Apprenticeship Advisory Group, which is a sub group of the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership. He is also a member of the London Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network run by the Department for Education, the Home Office’s National Advisory Group and the London Higher Board.

Prior to London First, he was a retail property consultant for eight years, developing asset management strategies for blue chip property companies, and spent four years in local government providing policy advice and training programmes to councillors as well as leading on neighbourhood planning activity. 

Mark joined London First from the Association of Colleges where he ran the London region.