James Lindsay, Chief Executive
A commercially astute Chief Executive operating at board level in a diverse competitive market with a successful track record of improving the bottom line across corporate real estate, prime commercial property and entertainment sectors. Takes full entrepreneurial ownership and is acknowledged as having laid the foundations for creating a major change of emphasis and building market confidence in UK prime real estate, retail, leisure, food and entertainment sectors displaying keen strategic insight and strong business acumen maximising return on investment and adding significant long-term value.
An industry leader in the shopping centre and hospitality sector operating at Director level in the UK’s most successful out of town shopping centres, namely, the Westfield Shopping Centre UK portfolio, Trafford Centre in Manchester and Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield, where across these roles has implemented prudent commercial strategies which have changed the emphasis of retail shopping and customer service expectation in the UK commercial market.
The RVT building was sold in a multi-million pound deal in November 2014, negotiations were led by James to secure a deal with the new owners to ensure a smooth transition of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern business after being involved for 10 years as joint owner. Under the structure of the share purchase deal, James retained ownership of the Intellectual Property of The Royal Vauxhall Tavern name. My company, Vauxhall Tavern London Ltd, owns the lease to operate and trade Royal Vauxhall Tavern which is now recognised by a number of credible artists as a preferred venue of choice.
This position has further raise the profile of the venue as a licensed entertainment venue, club night, venue hire and film shoot location which operates within one of London’s most iconic Grade II listed buildings. This confirms confidence in the venue from both a customer and a promoter expectation. It is important the venue continues to offer a diverse programme of entertainment. Since 2015 the company has completed a £85,000 refurbishment programme to improve the venues facilities.
Financially, the company continues to trade above expectation, reporting increased sales and profit for the last 3 consecutive years. Vauxhall Tavern London Ltd has been identified by red flag alert as a Gold health rating. Gold companies have strong balance sheets, excellent trading results and have an unblemished credit history. Trading with Gold companies is normally undertaken with complete confidence.
Jason Dickie, General Manager
Jason first became involved with the venue almost 20 years ago. As General Manager, Jason has responsibility for the day to day management and staff management.
Catia Ciarico, Head of Light entertainment and What’s On Manager
Catia joined the RVT in June 2008 – an experienced promoter and producer in the comedy and cabaret world she helped develop the RVT programming, particularly mid-week. Catia has produced and programmed all of the Hot August Fringe festivals and alternative adult Pantomimes. Under her management the RVT has consistently won awards for programming and best venue, including Time Out, London Cabaret Awards, Boyz Magazine and more.
Catia produced the long running cabaret show Magic Night which was resident at Madame Jojo’s and was also a successful producer and promoter in comedy and still works on independent shows.
Catia likes collecting Barbie dolls, playing practical jokes on Jason Reid or Jason Dickie and feeding doughnuts to James Lindsay.
Jason Reid, Social Media Manager
Since moving to London in 1999 Jason has worked at some of the capital’s premier LGBT entertainment venues, in roles varying from general manager to marketing.
In 2011 he was recruited by QX Magazine for the role of cabaret editor. He has interviewed more than 150 artists stretching from LA to Melbourne, and has been a part of the national Drag Idol judging team since 2011.
In January 2015, Jason joined the Vauxhall Tavern team as Social Media Manager. His responsibilities on a day to day basis include the efficient running of all social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) and online engagement with clientele. He prides himself on bringing new and engaging initiatives to the business.
Jason’s interests include sarcasm, Carry On-style innuendo, calling people ‘dear’, current affairs and politics, cabaret (obvs) and worshiping at the altar of Celine Dion