Kirk Edwards, Topgolf | Golf Business Forum 2018

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KIRK EDWARDSS

CEO, Village Entertainment & Topgolf Australia

Kirk is an established operator of Cinema Exhibition circuits in both the United Kingdom and Australia having founded his career in leisure and entertainment.

In 2010, Kirk returned to Village as CEO of the Australian business having previously worked for Village Cinemas International from 2000 to 2005 where he was General Manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland. The United Kingdom circuit was subsequently sold to VUE (78 sites, 4,500 staff) where Kirk continued as a senior member of the management team.  Kirk is a director of Village Cinemas Australia, which has a turnover in excess of $500m employing almost 2,000 staff.  Along with its joint venture partner Event Cinemas, and other partners, it has a market share of approaching 50% of the Australian market.  

Kirk will also oversee the role out of Topgolf into Australia and New Zealand with the first site now opened on the Gold Coast in June 2018.

Kirk holds an MBA from the United Kingdom Open University, a Hotel Management Diploma from the Hotel School Johannesburg and is a member of the CEO Institute of Australia.  Kirk is also a Director of the National Association of Cinema Owners.