James Lindsay, Chief Executive
As Chief Executive and Managing Director of Royal Vauxhall Tavern, I own and run a vibrant and successful independent company, one of London’s most iconic award-winning cabaret, performance and club night venues. The business was restructured in 2014 and again in 2019, restoring it to be a commercially-viable trading entity. It is now once again a preferred venue of choice for many leading artists, promoters and the LGBT community.
RVT operates in a competitive and diverse market with onerous restrictions placed on the property which was made an asset of community value in 2014, given Grade II listed status in 2015, formed part of the local authority conservation area in 2016, and awarded Sui Generis status in 2017. Regardless of the restrictions, the business continues to enjoy stability and growth and dynamically supports the community in which it serves.
Lease terms for a new twenty year lease were agreed in November 2018, giving further long term security to Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The Intellectual Property Rights of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern name are owned by me.
As a seasoned Chief Executive and Managing Director, I have enjoyed a varied and exciting career and have established a reputation as an inspirational and transformational leader who is driven by an unwavering focus on operational excellence. I directly managed 15 million square feet of prime UK commercial property, with a combined value of £10billion and operating P&L of £450million, 3,000 retailers and providing customer service to 800 million customers.
Acknowledged as having laid the foundations for a major change of emphasis in prime commercial property, retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors in the UK’s most successful major landmark commercial retail shopping centres, Meadowhall in Sheffield, Trafford in Manchester and Westfield UK property portfolio. At Trafford Centre, I reported at Board level to The Peel Group, and served as a member of the Westfield UK Executive Committee reporting to the Westfield Board.
John Kerr, Director
John’s career is from a financial background with Royal Bank of Scotland and with hospitality management experience with British Airways. John currently supports James but has specific responsibility for stock management, insurance, service provision contracts, membership, meeting room hire and lost property.
Tomasz Zubiak (Tom), Assistant General Manager/Duty Manager
Tom joined the Royal Vauxhall Tavern bar team in 2011. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2014. Tom studied Political Science and Internally Relationships (which he still practices). Tom is responsible for the bar management and staff and the service you are provided with at RVT. Tom says RVT is his second home, he has met a lot of friends and good people which has turned into lasting friendships.
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