James Lindsay, CEO/Managing Director
➜ As CEO and Managing Director of Royal Vauxhall Tavern, I own and run a vibrant and successful independent company. We remain the proud winners of the Best Cabaret Venue and over the last four years we have won many awards in recognition of the diverse cabaret, performance and club night programme of events Royal Vauxhall Tavern provides. Under the About tab – RVT The Story so Far gives a detailed overview of where we are today.
➜ Royal Vauxhall Tavern 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 belong to and are owned by me.
➜ In previous roles, Operating at senior executive level in prime commercial property, high footfall destination venues, set strategy, direction and operational management encompassing retail, commercial, hospitality and entertainment for 10million sq ft assets under management with a combined value of £8billion, £450million P&L, 3,000 retailers and 800million customer visits.
➜ Led avant-garde shopping centre initiatives, for example, pioneered legislation change leading to Sunday Trading Act 1994, first shopping centre to be awarded Investor in People and delivered a new generation shopping journey based on delivering a consistent and excellent customer service programmes to enhance family life and shopper experience.
➜ In short, I led the shopping centre industry for over 20 years with sophisticated, adept and innovative approach to retail and hospitality.
➜Raised £540,000 through our charity partnership programmes supporting LGBTQ charitable causes.
➜ Together with the RVT team, I have an unwavering focus to see RVT survive and to ensure its reputational status is advanced.
John Kerr, Operations Director
➜ John is a Director in the company, his career is from a financial and I.T background with Royal Bank of Scotland and hospitality management experience with British Airways. John has responsibility for all Operational Management.
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 and took on Duty Management responsibility after the company was restructured in November 2018. Tom reports to John and is responsible for the bar service you are provided with at RVT.
Jason Reid, Social Media Manager
➜ Since moving to London in 1999 Jason has worked at some of the capital’s premier LGBTQ 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 Royal 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 artists and promoters. He prides himself on bringing new and engaging initiatives to the business.