Praesepe Personnel

The Executive Team

 

Byron Evans – Commercial Director

pp_byronByron has been employed in the property and gaming industry’s most of his working life.

Most recently, whilst at Talarius plc as Commercial Director, he was involved in the initial fund raising that saw RAL Ltd reversed into Talarius and the successful acquisition of 5 separate businesses – with specific responsibility for all Property, Licensing,  Health & Safety and Compliance issues.

His career has included time with Rank, Sega and the worlds largest independent chain of bureau de change, where he developed the business in Spain, France and the USA.

He holds a Personal Management Licence from the Gambling Commission and a Personal Liquor Licence.

In his spare time Byron is an avid movie-goer and also admits to having been a Holiday Camp entertainer in his teens.

Steve Ambrose – Operations Director Cashino

pp_steveHaving worked in the Gaming Industry since the age of 18 across both Bingo and AGC sectors, Steve Ambrose has an immense knowledge of the industry sector with much of his experience being gained from a ground up perspective.

In 1990 as an 18 year old Steve began his gaming career as a team member at his local Bingo Hall in Wembley and then rapidly rose through the ranks until his 1st General Manager Appointment at the age of 22. In 1996 he moved to Beacon Cricklewood where he became House Manager before swapping the bingo life for that on an Area Manager looking after the AGC part of Thomas Estates.

Currently occupying the position of Operations Director for Praesepe, Steve joined the team in 2010 as part of the Thomas Estates Accusation and has been an integral part of the Praesepe business development ever since.

Away for the industry Steve enjoys his family life with his wife Kerry and 2 Children Abbie and Jack with much of the family time spent either at or on the way to a football or sporting event.

Nigel Davis – Head of Gaming Machines

pp_nigelNigel Davis has worked in the Gaming Industry all his working life, some 34 years, across both AGC and Bingo sectors, he has an in-depth knowledge of the industry very much from the bottom up.

In 1980 as a 17 year old he joined the Beacon Bingo, in his hometown of Loughborough, as a Bingo Operative. Where his hands on, and can do approach soon had him rising through the ranks, under the watchful eye of Jimmy Thomas. Nigel became Showboat Holdings youngest Regional Manager at the age of 21, and ultimately heading up the Machines and Technical Department for Thomas Estates Ltd.

He is currently the Head of Gaming Machines for the Praesepe group, and joined the team in 2010 as part of the Thomas Estates acquisition. He has been at the heart of the Praesepe Machines Department, ever since, working closely with all manufacturers and Industry bodies.

Away from the office Nigel enjoys family life with his wife Kerry and 2 Children Abbie and Harry, hobbies include cooking and Moto GP.

Vicky Grier – Head of HR

Vicky joined us with a wealth of HR experience from a variety of sectors including retail and entertainment.
Having started her career as a retail department manager Vicky moved into a receptionist role, with a food manufacturer, as she wanted a new challenge. She was quickly snapped up to work in the personnel team and developed in her HR career by going back to university two nights a week to gain her CIPD qualifications.

She’s run Graduate Recruitment Campaigns, devised reward and recognition programmes, worked in within a wider team turned around an underperforming business, developed customer service programmes, designed leadership development and dealt with too many tricky ER cases to mention. Vicky hadn’t completed a TUPE Transfer until she joined Praesepe, but she’s got a few of those under her belt now and we can safely say there’s not much in the HR arena she hasn’t done!

A couple of breaks in her career meant Vicky qualified as a counsellor, a gym instructor as well as an exercise to music instructor.

When she’s not bouncing around at work, in a class or working with her clients Vicky likes to spend time with her husband Richard.

Simon Coombes – Marketing Manager

Simon has worked in the gaming industry since leaving University in 2002. Starting his career on the Graduate Gala Management programme in Nottingham before moving to London where Simon spent most of his Gala career. From a trainee to club manager Simon has run many clubs for Gala Bingo during his time there, focussing particularly on the customer journey and development of the machine estate. Simon joined Praesepe in 2013 as a Business Development Manager focussing on Beacon and Cashino before moving to Head of Marketing in early 2017.

Outside of work Simon does love to visit the cinema and time off permitting exploring the world!