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.
Jacky Isaac - Group HR Director
Group HR Director
Jacky Isaac joined Arena Coventry Limited as H.R. Director in 2008, was appointed Managing Director of the IEC Experience Ltd in April 2012 and was CEO at the Ricoh Arena from 2012 until the purchase of the venue in late 2014 by Wasps Holdings and is now Group HR Director.
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, now Levy Restaurants, with responsibility for all aspects of delivery of variable labour and also as Head of Human Resources 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.