meet the directors

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Here is a background to our directors of dance, drink and entertainment group;

steve thomas


Stephen is the founder of the highly successful Jamhouse Entertainment Limited - a restaurant and Jazz-Centric venue operating in Birmingham and Edinburgh; his love of wine and champagne is reflected in his venue lists. Stephen is a sommelier with membership to The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. 


Achievements include a former ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by The Times and the winner of ‘Retailer of the Year’, an award voted by his peers.  In addition to this Stephen has proudly received over 147 industry awards which include ‘Best Practice’ and winner of the ‘National Innovation in Training Awards’. 


Stephen has generously sponsored over 200 individuals through University. Formerly the Chief Executive of Luminar Plc, a position he held for 22 years. Stephen started Luminar with a bank loan of £22k and developed it into a company that was valued at its peak, at over £1billion. Other Directorships


Stephen has held consultant roles in various businesses which include Coffee Republic, Paddy Power, Welsh National Opera, Cardiff Theatrical Services. Elite Coffee Limited, Fox Connaught Ltd, Excel Docklands Bars and Restaurants Limited.


His passion for Rugby Union is demonstrated by a former Directorship with Saracens. Stephen is currently working as a consultant through his management company Square One Leisure. Which he started in January 2019.

john gripton


John is qualified solicitor who has spent the past 14 years working in private equity investing, construction projects, property sales and purchases across Europe.


Specialising in property and legal aspects of deals, John helped set up Osmond Capital, a private investment office, in 2017, having spent the 10 years previously working at Sun Capital Partners. Osmond Capital maintains investments in sectors ranging from hospitality to biomedical science and John holds board positions on many of these businesses.


Most prominently John acted as Property Director for the Various Eateries group of restaurants and hotels, having been part of the founding team in 2014. His outdoor, patented “igloo” dining concept won worldwide acclaim and he was instrumental in restructuring the lease portfolio in the wake of Covid 19.  


John was part of the team that raised £25m from a successful IPO of the business in Oct 2020.


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