Lisa Gibbons appointed Managing Director of Las Iguanas

The Big Table Group, operator of Las Iguanas, Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Banana Tree, and Amalfi, has appointed Lisa Gibbons to the position of Managing Director of Las Iguanas, following a review of internal and external candidates. 

A 20+ year veteran of the hospitality sector, Lisa started her career in operational roles at Mitchells and Butlers before joining the Café Rouge brand in The Big Table Group in 2011 as an Operations Manager. In 2016, Lisa moved across to Bella Italia as Operations Director and was then appointed to Brand Director in 2019.

In September last year, Big Table Group restructured its business to ensure greater focus on brand performance, and Lisa took on the role of Managing Director (Portfolio Brands), responsible for Cafe Rouge, Amalfi and the Group’s Concessions and Franchise restaurants, including its Center Parcs partnerships. Since the restructure, Alan Morgan, CEO of Big Table Group, has also held the role of Managing Director Las Iguanas. Alan will now return to focus solely on his responsibilities as CEO.  

Alan Morgan, CEO of Big Table Group, said:

“I’m delighted to be promoting Lisa to the role of Las Iguanas Managing Director. She has overseen substantial performance improvement of the Center Parcs and Franchise businesses over the last year as well as steering Café Rouge through some challenging times and more recently, supporting the conversion of some sites to Banana Tree. 

“Our decision last year to realign our business into a structure that was more focused on our individual brands has proven to be successful, and I have no doubt that this change has played a significant part in helping us to drive great performance across the group, despite the many challenges our industry has faced over the last 12 months.

“As our business is now in a strong position to grow for the future, my time and focus is required to be fully in the CEO role to lead that, so now is the right time for Lisa to step into the role of Managing Director Las Iguanas.”  

Lisa Gibbons, Managing Director, Las Iguanas, added: “Las Iguanas is an amazing brand with a unique offering and I can’t wait to get started. There’s huge appetite for the brand across the UK and I’m really excited to contribute to the continued growth of the business over the next few years.”

Lisa will take up her new role from 31st July. As a result, Greg Gibbons will lead the Café Rouge team, John Baker will lead the Group’s Amalfi and franchised sites in addition to his role as Bella Italia Managing Director, and Anne Chow will continue to lead Banana Tree.

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