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.
Luke Organ - Group Commercial Director
Luke started his career with Sir John Beckwith at Pacific Investments Ltd. a family run boutique PE & Venture Capital firm. Luke re-posted to Asia in 2008 where he managed on behalf of the family a management team buy-out of their sports marketing agency and the sale of a Hong Kong based digital agency. Luke then moved on to head up the commercial and marketing affairs for the Women’s Tennis Association across APAC driving unprecedented growth for the sport. On return to the UK Luke took up a role in motorsport at Lotus F1 Team before then joining Wasps. Today Luke looks after the commercial affairs of the business and has been part of the management team that oversaw their acquisition and move to the Ricoh Arena.
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.