Paul Williamson is to head up ticketing, while Lucy Crickmore takes on the role of protocol manager ahead of next summer’s World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Championships in London

London 2017 has announced two key appointments ahead of the World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Championships next year.

Paul Williamson is to head up ticketing and has already played a “pivotal part” in crafting the ticketing strategy for London 2017.  The competition schedule and ticket prices for the two events, which both take place next summer in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, were announced last month.

Williamson, who has previously led on the ticketing projects for London 2012, the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and many other global events in the last 15 years, said: “I am delighted to be part of a great team working hard to deliver the biggest sporting event of 2017.

“I am confident that yet again the British public will be enthused and excited by London 2017 and I am looking forward to filling stadia across both championships to really build on the passion and legacy of 2012.”

Lucy Crickmore has been appointed as protocol manager at London 2017, a role focused on the delivery of all official congresses, meetings and functions, as well as managing the in-stadium VIP and hospitality provision for both championships.

Crickmore joins London 2017 on secondment from UK Sport, where as a major events consultant for the past eight years she has worked with national governing bodies to manage UK Sport’s investment into and provision of technical support for major events.

She has also managed UK Sport’s investment into a wide range of events including the European Hockey Championships, World Canoe Slalom Championships, the IPC Athletics European Championships and the European Athletics Team Championships.

At London 2012, she managed international federation services as a member of the athletics team during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I am very excited about joining the London 2017 team as we prepare to host these key championships,” said Crickmore. “I witnessed many magical moments in the Olympic Stadium during London 2012 and I look forward to being part of a team that will provide an environment where the world’s best athletes can once again produce those inspirational performances to make the nation proud.”

Cherry Alexander, managing director of London 2017, said: “We are putting together a first-class team to deliver these world championships next year.

“In the time that Paul and Lucy have already been on the project, they have already brought experience and expertise from delivering at the very highest level at recent major events hosted in the UK.

“It is a real coup to secure their commitment throughout the rest of the delivery of the championships and I am looking forward to working with them over the coming months as we work towards hosting an incredible summer of world class athletics in 2017.”

London 2017 will be the first time that both the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships are held in the same city in the same summer. The World ParaAthletics Championships take place from July 14-23, with the IAAF World Championships following from August 4-13, 2017.