Everything you need to know about the Senior Management at the Ricoh Arena.
David Armstrong, FCA – Group CEO
David joined Wasps last summer and played a leading role in the acquisition of the Ricoh Arena. Previously David was the Group CFO of Lonrho plc, the pan-African conglomerate and also held senior commercial roles at Diageo plc, Compass Group plc, McArthurGlen and PepsiCo. He is also Chairman of Effingham & Leatherhead RFC and sits on the boards of a number of technology based start-up businesses. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Andy Gibb - Managing Director of Arena Coventry Limited (ACL)
Andy has worked in the events industry for over 20 years having joined Blenheim in 1992.
He then worked in Dubai, launching shows throughout the Middle East, before returning to the UK to take up a position at The NEC.
For the last 12 years he has worked for the two leading UK event service suppliers, Opex and GES, overseeing the latter’s rebranding from Melville in 2013.
Andy played and coached at Wasps for over 10 years in the 80’s and 90’s and has coached junior teams at Shipston on Stour RFC for the last seven years. He also referees junior football and is a keen runner and windsurfer.
Jacky Isaac - Group HR Director
Jacky Isaac joined Arena Coventry Limited as Operations and H.R. Director in 2007, was appointed Managing Director of the IEC Experience Ltd in April 2012 and since October 2012 as Chief Executive has lead the team at the Ricoh Arena. Prior to joining ACL and drawing on over 20 years extensive operational and H.R. experience, Jacky worked as a consultant with a varied portfolio of clients which included; Manchester United, the NEC Group and Middlesbrough Football Club her work was mainly centred on delivery of variable labour strategies including paperless recruitment.
Jacky has also worked at a senior level within the Sports, Leisure and Hospitality Division of Compass Group UK with responsibility for all aspect of delivery of variable labour and also as Corporate Human Resources Director at Delaware North. She was awarded Team Player of the year at the International Stadium Summit 2011. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
John Parker - Group Finance Director
John joins Wasps from Premiership rugby rivals Gloucester Rugby, where he headed up the Finance department since July 2012. John trained in accountancy practice, moving straight into Dairy Crest where he worked on key efficiency projects and became the Financial project lead for the Oracle™ accounting software implementation team. From Dairy Crest John joined Gloucester Rugby in 2008 as the Financial Accountant, becoming the Financial Controller in 2010 and then Head of Finance in 2012.
During his time at Gloucester, the business went from losing money to making sustainable financial profits, whilst delivering the highest recorded investment in the business in the professional era. John was a key member of the Board in bringing the Rugby World Cup to Gloucester and developed a Concert strategy which now sees the likes of Elton John and Madness performing in Gloucester.
John enjoys devising new and innovative ways to solve problems, driving strategy and strong corporate performance.
Rob Mitchell - Head of Marketing
Rob joined Wasps and the Ricoh Arena in September 2015 and heads up marketing across the group. He is focused on driving sales for our many events, whilst building the respective brands through engaging customers and clients. Rob’s role takes in Wasps rugby, Wasps netball, music and events, conferences & exhibitions, and our hotel.
Rob has 21 years of commercial and marketing experience, leading brand, sponsorship, community, sales and activation programmes for brands from a client, agency and rights holder perspective, to drive commercial growth, brand trust and affinity. Rob has worked extensively in the worlds of sport, music and entertainment, in the UK and internationally, with brands such as Heineken, Stella Artois, 888.com, McDonald’s, Scottish Widows and properties such as the Heineken Cup, Olympic Games, T in the Park, London Marathon, Commonwealth Games, community football, and others. Rob is passionate about marketing effectiveness, working with data, connecting and engaging with customers. Rob has previously been a Board Director of the European Sponsorship Association and member of the Direct Marketing Association’s Brand Activation council.