introducing

RUCKUS MAKERS

ANT CIAVARELLA

Founder & Managing Director

Ant started waiting tables in Sydney in 1993 at one of Australia’s best restaurants, Forty One, whilst completing his degree in robotics. He then upped sticks to London and worked at the original Soho House for a few years as a waiter and then a manager. There were a few misspent years in IT before being lured back to the hospitality world, starting Barmetrix in London in 2007 where his business grew in tandem with some of the best operators in town.

Now working with more than 100 venues on all aspects of operation: from stock control, mystery shopping, menu development, environmental footprints, bookkeeping, front of house and management training to building management talents and strengths.  Leads a team supporting small-sized hospitality operators, licensing products and know-how to the big ones!

AOIFE HALLIDAY

Chief Operating Officer

Aoife started working in a pub during art college in 2000 (after spending her student loan in a week and a half…) and moved back to London after some time in California, working bars to pay the rent made her realise that hospitality was her calling. She stopped applying for jobs in the media and focused on drinks and service.

Back when the Shoreditch and Brick lane scenes were taking off, she managed bars, people and drinks content during her tenure at the Big Chill, Cantaloupe and Camino group before being poached to head up operations, HR and training at Mothership as a director reporting to the board. Ant finally convinced her to join him as a partner in Barmetrix in 2018 which he credits as his best business decision to date.

John Meagher – Account Manager

Romas Azbainis – Account Manager

Holly Fahey – Mystery Shop Account Manager

Charlotte Keohane – Mystery Shop Account Manager

Madalina Cristian – Account Manager

Ben Thurston – Account Manager

Daniel Phipps – Senior Account Manager

Paul Van Heerdan – Senior Account Manager

Danilo Pereira Calderoni – Data Collector

MARGARET BARRIE 

Gallup Strengths Coach

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Margaret’s first great life adventure came during high school when she travelling to Eire for two exciting adolescent years. She then studied dietetics and her first work experience was in the large kitchen of a major general hospital. Marriage and family life intervened, during which Margaret studied and ran a private practice in dietetics.

After studying psychology in the USA, Margaret returned home to set up in private practice as a counselling psychologist. She then became an accredited Gallup Strengths coach here in the UK and Ruckus is thrilled to have her ‘whole-person’ approach to coaching available to clients.

LAUREN DENYER 

WSET Wine Educator

Lauren started her wine journey running the popular Deptford & New Cross Wine Club in South East London while doing the Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualifications. She gained her WSET Diploma in 2017 and swapped a job as a Secondary School teacher for a Wine Educator (bit different) for the WSET School in London where she teaches the Level 1 Award in Wine up to The Level 4 Diploma. Lauren was one of 3 finalists in the UK Champagne Ambassador Competition 2018 and won the prestigious Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino Scholarship during her WSET studies.

Lauren has taught thousands of students around the world and regularly hosts webinars, has been interviewed for podcasts, radio, and written wine articles for various publications. She is currently a Stage 2 Master of Wine student.

HERMAN VAN BROEKHUIZEN

WSET Spirits Educator

Born in the south-western corner of the African continent in the heart of the Cape winelands, Herman van Broekhuizen began working in the industry as a teenager before studying the trade at Stellenbosch University. A move to Scotland led him into cocktail bartending in Edinburgh, before he co-ran a drinks consultancy operating high profile, global events for the rich and famous.

A role as Whisky brand ambassador brought him to London, where he currently resides and runs his company HVB Drinks, focused on training and education in all spirits of which he has a deep knowledge. A qualified WSET teacher since 2019, Herman brings his enthusiastic, creative and easy going personality to everything he does, making his sessions fun, engaging and inspiring.

DAN BEYER

Learning & Development
Dan’s career in hospitality management started in Sydney, Australia, where he worked at some of the city’s most popular locations, including The Australian Heritage Hotel, before moving to London in 2012. His inquisitiveness led him to Mothership Group, where he spent five years leading teams and perfecting his craft across three of their locations. Dan spent a year in 2018 working with Sydney heavyweights Merivale at the Coogee Pavilion before returning to London to work with industry heavyweights Soho House at their newly refurbished original site 40 Greek Street. Dan excels in identifying areas of opportunity for improvement – from resolving major service and product alignment issues to the finer details that characterise truly world-class guest experiences.