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. It is managed by Pipers on behalf of the City of London Corporation.

The City Centre is available for private hire, with a board room, conference room and access to London's Roman Amphitheatre. 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 started as Director of The City Centre in September 2015 and has since developed several new streams of activity including an Education programme, Exhibitions, Public Events and a brand new Private Hire offer. 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 has worked as a Gallery Manager for a private commercial gallery and an EA to the Director and Board of Trustees at Dulwich Picture 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 Education Manager. 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 she ran the Learning department at Fulham Palace. She joins us with a wealth of experience developing and delivering Educational content for all ages, backgrounds and abilities and is excited by the new challenge of building the City Centre's Learning Programme.  

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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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Exhibition and Events Coordinator
Faith Clark

Events Assistant
Anna Roele

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Faith is The City Centre's Exhibition and Events Coordinator. 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  exhibitions and the public events programme as well as the day to day running of The City Centre.

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Anna is The City Centre’s Events Assistant. She graduated from The University of York in 2017 with a degree in English and Related Literature. She has a background in hospitality and since graduating has interned at Signature Entertainment in the Acquisitions Department. Before joining The City Centre in March 2018, she worked in a variety of administrative roles at Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival, primarily as the Volunteer and Preselection Coordinator. Anna is responsible for supporting the delivery of private hire events and the day to day running of The City Centre.

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Learning Coordinator
Hannah Askari

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Hannah is The City Centre's Learning Coordinator. 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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The City Centre is managed by Pipers on behalf of the City of London Corporation
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