James Lindsay, Chief Executive
An industry leader in the shopping centre and hospitality sector operating at Chief Executive and MD level in the UK’s most successful out of town shopping centres, namely, the Westfield UK portfolio, Trafford and Meadowhall Centres. Adopted and implemented prudent commercial strategies which have changed the emphasis of retail shopping in the UK. Maximise return on investments, establish market confidence and forge new strategic partnerships in a B2B and B2C with stakeholders and consumers. My company operates an iconic London landmark entertainment venue.
Vauxhall Tavern was sold in a multimillion pound deal in November 2014. Negotiations were led by James to secure a deal with the new owners and ensure a smooth transition of the business after being involved for 10 years as joint owner. The company, Vauxhall Tavern London Ltd, owns the lease to operate and trade Vauxhall Tavern which is now being recognised by a number of credible artists as a venue of choice. This will further raise the profile of the venue as a licensed entertainment venue, club night, venue hire and film shoot location which is encompassed within one of London’s newest, most iconic Grade II listed building.
My new company has restructured and stabilised the million pound plus turnover business and report that Vauxhall Tavern is trading 24% up year on year which creates 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 the management changes, the company has completed a £60,000 refurbishment programme, at my cost, to improve the venues facilities. Filed company accounts show a profit in a condensed seven month trading period, from a previous loss making position. The company trading expectation has been reversed and now shows increased trading results.
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