New chairman appointed at club group Luminar

Bob BrannanBob Brannan (pictured), former group managing director of spirits companies Whyte & Mackay and William Grant Distillers, is taking over as chairman of nightclub operator The Luminar Group.

The company announced the appointment alongside news that current chairman, Alex Geffert, would be stepping down from his position on January 16. He will continue as a non-executive director of the group.

With chief executive Peter Marks, Alex was instrumental in the buy-out of the former Luminar Leisure which was in administration. In the last two years, he has overseen the turnaround of Luminar and its return to profit.

Peter said: “Alex has always been at the forefront of the late-night leisure sector, running some of the most successful nightclub companies in the UK.

“Alex brought stability and direction to the company and without him Luminar would not be in the position it would be in today, proving that there is still a positive future for well run and well invested venues. We are delighted that Alex will continue to play a part in the business as a non-executive director.

“We are equally thrilled that Bob, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the product and service sectors with a proven track record in value transformation, will be joining as chair.”

Bob chairs three other businesses – Vets Now, Duncan & Todd (Opticians) and Richard Irvin Services Group. He is also former chairman of Eagle Taverns.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of Luminar at this exciting time in the company’s development. Peter and his senior team have started to transform the business with a strong investment programme already driving significant improvement in trading, proving there is up side in the UK nightclub sector for the strongest, most professional operators. I look forward to supporting the board to drive further progress.”

The Luminar Group is the UK’s largest nightclub operator with 55 venues across the UK, from the Institute in Aberdeen to Cameo in Bournemouth, employing more than 2,500 people.

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