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Kevin McGowen

Chief executive officer

With over 25 years of experience in casinos, Kevin leads the Ambassadeurs Group. He is an innovator within the gaming industry. Under his leadership AG has diversified its offering to put raising standards and the promotion of good causes at the heart of the business. It is an approach that builds on the strong WorkFamily ethos, which centres on the idea that we are stronger together, and that together we can inspire others to embrace sustainable change.

Rob Cairns

Rob Cairns

Chief Financial Officer

Rob leads the AG finance function and brings to the role extensive experience from working in complex global media companies before he joined Les Ambassadeurs Club in 2010. Commercially focussed – and focused on the Group’s corporate social responsibility – Rob is now helping navigate AG through its next phase of sustainable growth, recognising that the WorkFamily contribution is fundamental to AG’s long-term success.

Lorinda Schutte

Human Resources Director

Lorinda is responsible for all the people-based activity across AG. She has been leading on human resources (HR) strategically and operationally at Les Ambassadeurs Club for many years. At AG she brings together all aspects of the HR function across the diverse Group. As a key member of the leadership team she oversees systems and ensures compliance with regulations to enable the development of key policies and processes to support HR best practices.

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Krishna Hathi

Corporate Social Responsibility Adviser

Krishna leads on AG’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) roadmap. This wide-ranging role encompasses examining the Group’s commitment to ethical business practices and taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact. Her brief involves building external partnerships to ensure that AG has a positive impact on communities and the environment through sustainable practices, corporate philanthropy and volunteering initiatives. She also leads on the Group’s volunteering initiatives.

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Ryan Best

Compliance Director

With over 20 years’ experience within the UK Mayfair casino industry, spanning all areas in the sector, and with a current primary focus on new technology, risk, compliance and corporate governance, Ryan is a proven creative innovator in his field. He works across Ambassadeurs Group and is involved in the research, design, implementation, and completion of several crypto projects. He is currently leading on a new, best-in-class digital asset marketplace aimed at raising standards, with safeguards in place to protect against evolving and eventual regulations.

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Christophe Thuilot

Hospitality Director and Designated Premises Supervisor

Christophe shares his knowledge and experience, gained at Michelin-starred restaurants that include The Restaurant Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine, The Capital in Knightsbridge, and Seven Park Place in St James’s, London, as well as Soho House, the private members club. He learnt his craft under the guidance of sommelier Oliver Poussier and chef Eric Chavot. Diners appreciate Christophe’s dedication and creativity in designing and providing bespoke dining experiences.

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Oliver Stokes

Head of Operations, Essential Travel Brands

Oliver graduated in law in 2008 and then decided to travel the world, believing that everything is an education and an experience. He thrived out in the wild making lifelong friends and building extensive contacts. When he returned to the UK, he wanted other people to experience travel as he had. He is able to do that at Ambassadeurs Group Essential Travel Brands, where he advises on the wonderful world – and rewards that come from – travel. His business and legal background combined with his in-depth experience at leading UK travel agencies, ensure he has a unique take on the diverse requirements of luxury, corporate and online travel.

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Want to join the AG WorkFamily?

Are you passionate about what you do? Do you love being part of a team that enjoys working together? Are you looking to work in a vibrant, customer-centric company based in the heart of London’s exclusive Mayfair? If this sounds like you, we are keen to hear from you. We are looking for the next generation of croupiers, chefs, hospitality professionals, human resource executives, hospitality and compliance experts.

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