The City Centre is the place to come to learn about and debate the built environment of the Square Mile and home to the City of London’s official architectural model. Through exhibitions, events and learning activity, The City Centre provides access to the City for professionals, the public and young people, helping to inform good decision-making and inspiring young people to engage with the built environment.

The City Centre is available for private hire, with a board room and conference room. The spaces are fully equipped to support a wide range of events including receptions, conferences, meetings and dinners. A dedicated team can provide event management, hospitality and catering.

 

 


Meet the team

Director
Benjamin James O’Connor

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Benjamin is a Director of New London Architecture (NLA) and started as Director of The City Centre in September 2015 developing several new streams of activity including an Education programme, Exhibitions, Public Events and a brand new Private Hire offer. Shortly after the Lord Mayor opened The City Centre to the public, Benjamin took on the role as Director of the One City project, a new digital platform for promoting the best the City has to offer to City workers.

Benjamin comes to the City from his role as Head of Operations at the Garden Museum which is where he developed his interest and expertise in green infrastructure and public space, two key focal points for the Centre’s activity. Prior to his role at the Garden Museum, Benjamin worked as a Gallery Manager for a private commercial gallery. He trained in Fine Art to MA level at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, has been a Features Editor for an online lifestyle magazine and sits on a number of committees for Cultural Development.

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Head of Learning
Lettie McKie

Lettie is our Head of Learning. After studying Art History at the University of East Anglia from 2005 - 2009 she started her career at The Royal Opera House in 2010. Since then Lettie has co-ordinated public events and schools visits at a variety of arts organisations including the Barbican and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Most recently prior to this role she ran the Learning department at Fulham Palace. She has a wealth of experience developing and delivering Educational content for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  

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Head of Events
Ruth Houlsby

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Ruth joined The City Centre as Head of Events in June 2018. She brings over ten years’ experience in venue hire and commercial events within cultural and historic venues: London Transport Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Dulwich Picture Gallery and National Glass Centre. With a passion for visual culture, Ruth completed an MA in History of Art with Photography at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2017 and in her spare time she volunteers with the Cinema Museum. Ruth is responsible for overseeing venue hire; ensuring that The City Centre is a first-choice venue for meetings, receptions and a wide range of corporate events in the heart of the City.

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Marketing and Comms Manager Nicola Sheppey

Programme Manager
Faith Clark

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Faith is The City Centre's Programme Curator. Since graduating from The University of Glasgow in 2014 with a joint honours in Art History and Business Management she has worked in Festival Administration roles for a variety of international Fringe venues in Edinburgh and Melbourne and as a Programming Intern for the arts charity Artis Contemporary in New York. Before joining The City Centre in May 2016 she worked for James Gibb Residential Factors, an independent property company based in Scotland. She is interested in contemporary art, design and craft. Faith is responsible for coordinating the public events programme which includes exhibitions, talks, workshops and walking tours.

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Nicola joined The City Centre as Marketing and Communications Manager in November 2018. Prior to joining the City she worked at one of Southeast Asia’s largest arts festivals and other emerging arts festivals and projects in Malaysia. She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English with Creative Writing in 2012, and has since worked in marketing, copywriting and journalism, most prominently as Marketing Communications Specialist at a medical device company. Passionate about writing and branding, Nicola manages the promotion and publicity of The City Centre both as a leading establishment for education and culture, and as a first-rate venue for private events. Nicola also manages One City, the digital platform promoting the best the City has to offer to young City workers.

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Learning Officer
Hannah Askari

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Hannah is The City Centre's Learning Officer. She graduated with a degree in Modern and Contemporary History in 2015 from Queen Mary, University of London. Since graduating she has had experience in project and volunteer coordination in pop-up projects with the National Trust that showcased London’s modern heritage and architecture. Before joining in July 2017, Hannah was working as a Language Assistant in Barcelona, teaching English as a Second Language for a primary and secondary school. Hannah is responsible for supporting the delivery of The City Centre and New London Architecture’s learning programme for schools, families and young people.

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Head Chef
Andy Jupp

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Andy is a classically trained Chef with over 40 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. During Andy’s career he has held number of senior positions, specialising in banqueting and fine dining.  Andy also holds advanced qualification in Food Safety to trainer level. Andy is a strong believer in encouraging young people to choose the hospital industry as a career and a number of his protégés have gone on to run their own kitchens. During his career he has seen many different styles of cuisines come and go, but he is a strong believer that all Chefs should have an understanding of French classics. Since joining in 2018, Andy is bringing his extensive experience to deliver exceptional seasonal menus.

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Digital Content Editor
Mandy Kaylin

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Mandy is the Digital Content Editor for One City and The City Centre. She received a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and completed an MA from the Royal College of Art. She is passionate about visual communication in the digital realm, with specific interest in contemporary art, architecture and design.

Possessing over 10 years of experience shooting and editing images, she has exhibited works internationally in the US, UK, Japan and Germany. She currently manages The City Centre’s social media platforms and is responsible for researching, editing and scheduling content across One City London’s digital channels.

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Events Assistant
Cleo Taylor

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Cleo entered the events industry as an apprentice with event management company Canal 125, before joining The City Centre in February 2019 as Events Assistant. Helping venue hire customers to create fantastic conferences, receptions and team away days, Cleo is pursuing her desire to establish a career in event management. 

Cleo further develops her creativity with her keen interest in the beauty industry and often spends her weekends supporting various private events as a make-up artist.

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Vacancies

Casual Events Staff

Come and join our friendly team! The City Centre is looking for Casual Events staff to assist with corporate and public events: providing excellent visitor service, food and drinks service. A full job description and details of how to apply can be found here

This is an open vacancy with no closing date. Please send a CV and Covering Letter to thecitycentre@cityoflondon.gov.uk


The City Centre is managed by New London Architecture on behalf of the City of London Corporation

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