MARK FULLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mark Fuller has long been a stalwart of the London club scene. Very well connected and popular, he is the perfect “front man” for the Group. Whether it was being asked by Buckingham Palace to oversee the backstage catering for the Diana Memorial Concert or providing the VIP catering for the entire Hyde Park summer concert season, Mark is the go-to guy for high end hospitality. He is also the man who has visualised and implemented the brand strategies for the businesses.
Mark started his hospitality career in the original Embassy club in the 1980s before opening The Boardwalk in Greek Street in the 1990s. In 1999, he launched the famous Sugar Reef restaurant with the legendary Marco Pierre White, the two following it up in 2000 with the Red Cube Bar & Grill. Both became acclaimed and very popular nightspots allowing the businesses to be sold to Chorion for £7.5m in 2001. In 2003 Mark joined forces with Andy Taylor to create the Concept Venues Group. Mark is involved with several charities including The Prince’s Trust; Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice; Help for Heroes; and Nordoff Robbins.
ANDY TAYLOR, CHAIRMAN
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant,Andy Taylor set up his own business with partner Rod Smallwood operating mobile catering and managing bands such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel.
In 1979 Rod and Andy signed Iron Maiden for management. Together they formed Sanctuary Music and throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s the business grew into a major international music company and was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, becoming the biggest independent music company (managing acts from Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Joss Stone, Beyonce and Destiny’s Child to Led Zepplin, The Who, Guns ‘n’ Roses and many others) and inventing the 360° model.
In 2002 Andy set up Concept Venues with Mark Fuller which owns the Embassy Club, Geales Restaurant in Notting Hill and Chelsea, Sanctum Soho Hotel and the Sanctum on the Green in Berkshire. Rod and Andy still manage Iron Maiden under Phantom Music Management along with a number of younger rock bands through Raw Power Management but this diversification allows Andy to indulge his other passion for great hospitality.
ROD SMALLWOOD, DIRECTOR & PARTNER
Rod Smallwood co-manages rock band Iron Maiden with Andy Taylor. Rod and Andy first met as students at Cambridge University in 1969 where Rod was heavily involved in the organization of the University’s musical entertainment, including the prestigious annual Trinity May Ball. The pair founded Sanctuary Music Management to become the world’s biggest independent music company embodying the interests of many facets of the music business including management, records, agency and merchandise, coining the term 360 degree as the now often used term for a new model for the Music Industry.
After Sanctuary was sold to Universal Music in the mid 1990’s, Rod formed Phantom Music Management Ltd to concentrate solely on the creative side of managing the globally successful Iron Maiden, joined once again by Andy Taylor overseeing the business end. Rod is also involved with Raw Power Management in partnership with Craig Jennings developing rising new stars in the music business such as Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon.
In a career spanning 40 years of working with music Rod has received numerous awards and accolades, both from music press and Music Industry Bodies themselves, such as Q Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People In Music” award, and Music Week’s “Most Influential People In The Music Industry” award (jointly with Andy Taylor).
SARJU NAKER, DIRECTOR & PARTNER
Sarju Naker, the newest partner to join Concept Venues, brings his entrepreneurial spirit, commercial insight and shared ethical values to the group.
Graduating from business school in Paris and the University of California-Berkley, Sarju along with his family, were involved with the founding of London’s fine Indian dining institution, The Bombay Brasserie as well as other partnerships with the Taj Group of Hotels in London, New York, and Chicago.
Sarju carries with him experience of hotels, bars and nightclubs, plus creativity as a successful businessman. He is excited to be working with proven professionals who not only share his propensity for profit, but also an underlying ethical desire to improve the lives of those working in the group and around the world.