Ex-Novus operations chief joins Luminar as operations director


Jason Thorndycraft

The UK’s largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, has recruited the former chief operating officer of late-night operator Novus Leisure to its management team.

Jason Thorndycraft (pictured) started this week as operations director for Luminar, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the leisure and late-night sector, including 11 years at Novus.

He was most recently operations director at expanding London bar operator Drake & Morgan which he joined in August last year. He began his career in the late-night sector as general manager of Pals nightclub in Croydon, joining Novus (formerly Urbium) in 2001 to run Croydon’s Tiger Tiger.

He went on to become an area manager and operations manager before taking on the role of operations director and then chief operating officer for Novus which operates 47 bars in London as well as Tiger Tiger bars around the UK.

Luminar chief executive Peter Marks said: “Jason was a key member of the team that built Novus into one of the strongest companies in its sector. He has an impressive track record of strategic transformation, venue profitability and operational excellence.

“With a passion for innovation, Jason will add a fresh perspective to the business that will be invaluable as the company continues its growth plans.”

In his new role, Jason will be responsible for delivering investment and profitability across the company’s 53-strong nightclub estate. Working closely with Luminar’s five regional directors, he will support the company’s ongoing investment programme and help to realise its full market potential.

Jason said: “Luminar is a great turnaround story. Over the last two years the company has built a solid platform for growth. I’m looking forward to working with Peter and the management team to guide the business through the next exciting phase of its development.”

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