Interim Chief Executive Officer
Geoff Richardson was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer on the 8 November 2017 having been the the Group’s Chief Financial Officer since 3 July 2017. Geoff is an ASX200 Chief Financial Officer with over 20 years’ experience. Prior to joining the Group, Geoff was CFO at SAI Global, a company he joined in early 2004 just after it listed on the ASX.
Geoff has extensive experience in investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and strategic planning. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and has held senior financial positions at HSBC, AIDC Limited and AMP.
Geoff has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham in the UK, and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Australia.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Event Entertainment
Chris joined the Group as President and CEO of the Family Entertainment division, Main Event Entertainment, in March 2018. Previously Chris held the role of President of California Pizza Kitchen, a leading casual dining brand operating 260 restaurants in 30 states and 12 countries worldwide.
Before California Pizza Kitchen, Chris was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and joined the company at the time it was acquired by a private equity firm. Chris previously held senior executive and finance roles at CEC Entertainment Inc. (owners of Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza), NPC International Inc. and Applebee’s International Inc.
Chris brings over 20 years of experience with multisite businesses, including over six years in the family entertainment business. He brings extensive experience in brand revitalization strategies, operational execution and new unit development. He has successfully opened over 200 units with five different businesses.
Chief Executive Officer of Theme Parks
Craig joined Ardent as CEO of the Theme Park division in September 2013. Previously he held the role of Executive General Manager Destination Development at Tourism Australia with responsibility for Industry Development, Investment Attraction and Aviation Capacity in Australia’s Tourism Industry.
Before Tourism Australia, he was the Chief Executive Officer of nature based, experiential tourism company Anthology, which owned and operated award winning attractions in South Australia and Tasmania. Craig has a further 10 years experience at an Executive level with both Hamilton Island and Voyages Hotels and Resorts.
Along with his operations experience, Craig has also been involved in a number of tourism related bodies at the Regional and National level in varying capacities.
Bronwyn Weir was appointed to the position of Company Secretary of the Group on 10 April 2017. Prior to being appointed Company Secretary, Bronwyn was the Assistant Company Secretary since 21 November 2014. Before joining the Group, Bronwyn was Assistant Company Secretary at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law from Deakin University; a Certificate in Governance Practice and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Chief Executive of Bowling & Entertainment
Brian Horton was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Bowling & Entertainment Division on 14 November 2017 having previously served as the Division’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2014.
Brian is responsible for the strategic and financial direction of the business, in addition to overseeing the amusement game and attraction portfolio. Brian manages the Divisional IT team and works closely with the Property team on developments and divestments. Prior to joining the group, Brian spend 14 years in the leisure services sector, including 8 years in the United States working with iconic sporting and entertainment brands. Brian has a strong commercial background and is a Chartered Accountant.