Meet The Team

EXPERIENCED AND HIGHLY REGARDED MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Loungers senior management team combine significant sector experience with long tenure within the Company. Two of the three founders remain engaged and active in the business and the whole team have a proven track record of delivering industry-leading sales and profit growth alongside opening in excess of 20 sites per year.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Alex Reilley (aged 45) Founder Chairman

Alex co-founded the Group in 2002, acting as Managing Director until 2015 when he assumed the role of Executive Vice Chairman. In 2016, following the investment from Lion Capital, Alex assumed the role of Executive Chairman and remains heavily involved in the branding and look and feel of the Loungers estate. Prior to founding Loungers, Alex had a number of roles within the leisure sector including as Operations Manager at Glass Boat Co., where he spent seven years.


Nick Collins (aged 44) – Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined the Group in January 2012 as Finance Director, becoming Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He has overseen the expansion of the Group from 56 sites as at January 2015 to 146 sites as at the date of this document. Prior to joining the Group, Nick spent three years as Finance Director at AIM quoted Capital Pub Company plc, leaving when that company was sold to Greene King plc in 2011. Prior to that Nick founded Fuzzy’s Grub, a sandwich business in London, which he grew to eight outlets and a central production facility over five years. Nick also spent five years in corporate finance at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001.


Gregor Grant (aged 52) – Chief Financial Officer

Gregor joined the Group in August 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Gregor qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and Touche in 1992 and, after leaving Deloitte in 1998, has spent the last 20 years in a variety of CFO roles, primarily in the hospitality sector. Prior to joining the Group, Gregor spent two years as interim CFO at Southern Dental Ltd (2016 – 2018), the third largest provider of NHS dental services in the UK, three years as Finance Director at Novus Leisure Ltd (2013 – 2016), and acted as interim CFO at ETrawler Unlimited (trading as CarTrawler) (2011 – 2012) and CFO at Fuddruckers Inc., a US hamburger chain based in Austin, Texas (2007 – 2010). Gregor was also part of the management buy in team that acquired regional brewers Morrells of Oxford Ltd in 1998, which was subsequently sold to Greene King plc in 2002, and Eldridge, Pope & Co. Ltd in 2004 which was subsequently sold to Marston’s plc in 2007.


Justin Carter, Lounge MD

Justin Carter (aged 54) – Managing Director of Lounge

Justin joined the Group in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Managing Director of the Lounge brand in summer 2017. Justin is responsible for the management of the whole Lounge team, its financial performance, the evolution of the Lounge offering and its continued expansion. Prior to joining the Group, Justin was Operations Director at Fuller Smith & Turner P.L.C. where he was responsible for the Premium City division of London managed pubs. In 1995 Justin founded The Elbow Room Ltd, a UK-based chain of pool bars, which he ran until its sale to Inc Group in 2008.


Amber Wood (aged 40) – Managing Director of Cosy Club

Amber joined the Group in August 2015 as a Regional Operations Manager for the Lounge brand before moving to Managing Director of the Cosy Club brand in summer 2017. Amber is responsible for the whole Cosy Club team, its financial performance, the evolution of the Cosy Club offering and its continued expansion. Prior to joining the Group, Amber spent nine years at Novus Leisure Ltd including two years as Head of Operations.


Jake Bishop, Co-Founder and Commercial Director

Jake Bishop (aged 45) – Commercial Director

Jake co-founded the Group in 2002 and has held various senior operational roles since that time. After a year establishing the role of Managing Director of the Cosy Club brand Jake became Commercial Director in summer 2017 and is responsible for the Group’s food and kitchen operations.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board consists of three Executive Directors and four Non-Executive Directors, three of whom are considered to be independent.
The Board believes that Loungers benefits from a strong, stable and proven executive and senior management team.

Alex Reilley (aged 45) Founder Chairman

Alex co-founded the Group in 2002, acting as Managing Director until 2015 when he assumed the role of Executive Vice Chairman. In 2016, following the investment from Lion Capital, Alex assumed the role of Executive Chairman and remains heavily involved in the branding and look and feel of the Loungers estate. Prior to founding Loungers, Alex had a number of roles within the leisure sector including as Operations Manager at Glass Boat Co., where he spent seven years.

Nick Collins (aged 44) Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined the Group in January 2012 as Finance Director, becoming Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He has overseen the expansion of the Group from 56 sites as at January 2015 to 146 sites as at the date of this document. Prior to joining the Group, Nick spent three years as Finance Director at AIM quoted Capital Pub Company plc, leaving when that company was sold to Greene King plc in 2011. Prior to that Nick founded Fuzzy’s Grub, a sandwich business in London, which he grew to eight outlets and a central production facility over five years. Nick also spent five years in corporate finance at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001.

Gregor Grant (aged 52) Chief Financial Officer

Gregor joined the Group in August 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Gregor qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and Touche in 1992 and, after leaving Deloitte in 1998, has spent the last 20 years in a variety of CFO roles, primarily in the hospitality sector. Prior to joining the Group, Gregor spent two years as interim CFO at Southern Dental Ltd (2016 – 2018), the third largest provider of NHS dental services in the UK, three years as Finance Director at Novus Leisure Ltd (2013 – 2016), and acted as interim CFO at ETrawler Unlimited (trading as CarTrawler) (2011 – 2012) and CFO at Fuddruckers Inc., a US hamburger chain based in Austin, Texas (2007 – 2010). Gregor was also part of the management buy in team that acquired regional brewers Morrells of Oxford Ltd in 1998, which was subsequently sold to Greene King plc in 2002, and Eldridge, Pope & Co. Ltd in 2004 which was subsequently sold to Marston’s plc in 2007.

Robert Darwent (aged 46) – Non-Executive Director

Robert Darwent is a Founding Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Lion Capital. Prior to founding Lion Capital, Robert served with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst for six years. Prior to joining Hicks Muse, he was employed in the private equity group of Morgan Stanley in London. Robert received his BA and MA from Cambridge University.

Nick Backhouse (aged 56) – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Nick joined the Board in March 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and is the Senior Independent Director of the Board and chair of the Nomination Committee. Nick has extensive public company, finance and leisure sector experience. He currently also serves as Senior Independent Director of Hollywood Bowl Group plc (2016 – Present), as a Non-Executive Director of Eaton Gate Gaming Ltd (2018 – Present) and as a Trustee and Director of Chichester Festival Theatre (2014 – Present). Nick has also held positions as Non-Executive Director at Marston’s Plc (2012 – 2018) and at All3Media Ltd (2011 – 2014) and Senior Independent Director at Guardian Media Group Plc (2007 – 2017). Nick started his career at Baring Brothers and Co. where he became a Board Director (1989-99) following which he held CFO positions at Freeserve Plc (1999 – 2001), The Laurel Pub Company Ltd (2002 – 2005) and National Car Parks Ltd (2006 – 2007), and was Managing Director and Deputy CEO of David Lloyd Leisure Ltd (2008 – 2011).

Adam Bellamy (aged 49) – Independent Non-Executive Director

Adam joined the Board in March 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and chair of the Audit Committee. Adam is a Non-Executive Director of PureGym Ltd (2018 – Present) where he also served as CFO (2012 – 2018) and a Non-Executive Director at Ten Entertainment Group plc (2018 – Present). Prior to his role as CFO at PureGym Ltd, Adam was Finance Director at Atmosphere Bars & Clubs Ltd (2009 – 2012), Finance Director at D&D London Ltd (2006 – 2009) and has held various other finance positions at House of Fraser Ltd, Granada Group plc and Whitbread Plc.

Jill Little (aged 65) Independent Non-Executive Director

Jill joined the Board in March 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and chair of the Remuneration Committee. Jill is also a Non-Executive Director of Joules Group plc (2016 – Present) and Nobia AB (2017 – Present) and Shaftesbury plc (2010 – Present). Jill spent the majority of her executive working life at John Lewis Partnership (1975 – 2012) where she held positions including Merchandise Director, Strategy & International Director and Business Development Director. Jill also acts as an adviser to El Corte Ingles S.A. (2012 – Present), Europe’s largest department store group.