Leeds super casino venue director named

Leeds super casino venue director named

Leeds super casino at the Victoria Gate development, set to be the largest casino in the north of England and Scotland, has made its first major appointment, naming its venue director.

Patrick Noakes, the former managing director of Gala Casinos, will head up the UKs third largest casino, and guide more than 200 staff at the venue when it opens in the next few months.

Before joining Global Gaming Ventures, the operator of Victoria Gate Casino, Mr Noakes held a number of roles over a 13-year career at Gala Coral Group, including main board director of the combined casino, bingo, betting and leisure complex run by Gala in Gibraltar, as well as ten years in a regional capacity that included casinos in Yorkshire.

The casino, which will occupy 50,000 sq ft and sits alongside John Lewis at the top of the city’s new Victoria Gate development, will provide jobs for more than 180 local people, training for staff, plus apprenticeships and a graduate scheme, as part of its commitment to the Leeds City Region.

Mr Noakes said: “Victoria Gate Casino will be a casino unlike any other in the north of England, it is an entertainment destination in the heart of Leeds and, with a capacity of 1,400, it will be one of the biggest venues in the city.

“This is a unique opportunity to build a best-of-class venue that covers not just gaming, but dining and entertainment, big game sports action as well as corporate hospitality.

“Over the next few months the team and I will be busy recruiting for a range of roles from gaming, waiting and bar staff, to chefs, cashiers, greeters, security and administrative roles.

“This is an exciting time for Leeds as the city adds Victoria Gate to its expanding retail and leisure portfolio and an equally exciting time to be part of the launch of a prestigious new, next generation casino and entertainment venue.”



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