Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. His ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who set up a hotel in South Africa which drew the young Alastair into the hospitality world.
2006 was a pivotal year for Alastair when he left Rentokil Initial, where he had been MD of the conference venue business, Initial Style Conferences. With initial private equity backing from Dunedin LLP and secondary buyout backing from Capital Growth Partners he has grown etc.venues, the specialist city centre venue company, into one of the UK's leading conference brands.
The business has quadrupled in size since 2006, hosting over 17,000 events in 2017 across 15 venues in London, Birmingham and Manchester - with it's opening in London's iconic County Hall attracting significant attention for its bold scale. 2019 continues the company's expansion, opening The City's largest conference suite at 133 Houndsditch, the training venue of the future in Chancery Lane and announcing the first venue in New York.
Alastair was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in 2009, 2013 and again in 2019 and has recently featured in The Daily Telegraph, Conference News, FGP Meets, Start Up Grind, Future in 15 and The Sunday Times.
Alastair is an enthusiastic golfer, tennis player and skier. He is married with 2 children and lives in Berkshire.
Chief Operating Officer
Nick Hoare is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at etc.venues. Nick previously sat on the Board of etc.venues from 2007-2012, representing investors Dunedin LLP; before joining in an executive capacity in 2018 in the new partnership with Gencom and Benchmark.
Nick worked in private equity for 11 years at Dunedin LLP responsible for managing portfolio companies (most recently CitySprint and Steeper), fund raising and new investments with a focus on Business Services and Technology. Whilst at Dunedin, Nick was Chief Operating Officer for a year before making Partner. Prior to working at Dunedin LLP, Nick was a consultant with Accenture, based in the London office.
Nick is a keen sportsman who enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Nick is married with two children and lives in London.
Ed Ethelston is the Finance Director of etc.venues. He joined in January 2019 after spending 16 years in the media sector.
Prior to joining etc.venues Ed was CFO at PA Group, the owner of the Press Association, the UK’s national news agency and other media assets. While he was there completed two key acquisitions to help drive a large increase in EBITDA and was responsible for PA’s property portfolio and ultimately sold the PA’s London HQ to a hotel group.
Before PA Ed was in various finance roles for 12 years at Red Bee Media, a private equity backed media business providing media services to broadcasters in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. He left Red Bee Media after being heavily involved in the sale of the business to Ericsson.
Ed qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London after completing a law degree.
Ed is a keen skier, cyclist and swimmer. He has two children and lives in London.
Margaretha is the Director of Sales at etc.venues. After completing a degree in Business and Hotel Management from the University of Gothenburg, she started her career in hospitality and leisure in Sweden working for Scandic Hotels and Rica City Hotels.
She moved to the UK in 1999 and worked for what is now Coppid Beech Hotels and then at Initial Style Conferences in sales and general management. Margaretha joined etc.venues in 2005.
Margaretha, a Swede, is married and lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She has a fondness for amateur dramatics, (Swedish) meatballs, Champagne and pampering and holidaying in France.
Director of Operations
Guy joined etc.venues in 2008 as venue manager of Maple House after working at Initial Style Conferences for 12 years. As Maple House became established he switched focus to our London venues and took on the successful development of our conference and event venues at 200 Aldersgate and 155 Bishopsgate.
Guy now has overall management responsibility for operations at all our venues - this includes overseeing the development of the new conference and event business at County Hall which opened in January 2017.
Helena Da Silva
Head of HR
Helena Da Silva is Head of HR and joined the company 6 years ago after completing her MSc Human Resources Development and Consultancy. She has a love for etc.venues people, service, design and venue locations. Helena heads up an all female team of 4 HR specialists responsible for more than 500 employees. Her background and passion is in hospitality and she worked in various large chain hotels across London working in events, sales and HR.
Originally from Portugal, Helena has her hands full outside of work with 2 daughters. However when this busy Mum does have some spare time, she enjoys watching interior design shows, dining out and always finds time for her favourites - a good red wine with cheese.
Director of Property & Projects
Iain has been with etc.venues since 2006. Iain has a background in venue management but has progressively taken on responsibilities for project managing new venue openings, finding new venues and the procurement of goods and services.
Iain manages a team of outside consultants in Design and Procurement that support the business and is actively involved in sourcing new venues working with third party property agents.
Head of Design
Franck joined etc.venues in 2000 working at The Hatton as a Manager, he then moved in to the Central team in 2006 to focus on brand standards and design to make the venues stand out. Having worked his way up through the company, Franck has gained a great understanding of client’s needs as well as operational, but believes that adding “design flair” can make a venue memorable or even unique.
He strives to create venues that are inspirational for our clients but also work as a well oiled machines operated by our highly skilled specialist teams. Franck achieves this with a variety of projects including working with the Chefs on developing food concepts and managing the etc.venues art collection. He is particularly well known for the passion he pours in to his projects and how much he loves his job!
Rebecca joined etc.venues in 2007 to manage the Finance team. Initially managing 3, she has developed the team to double that size over the past twelve years, during which time the company itself has more than quadrupled in size. This has been achieved by retaining a strong core team and implementing more sophisticated system solutions to streamline processing across the function.
A career in Finance started with three years in audit at a boutique North London firm, obtaining a thorough grounding in all aspects of finance. Wanting to be directly involved in the success of a business, Rebecca made the move into industry where she gained valuable experience at House of Fraser, The Telegraph and Virgin Media before moving on to etc.venues.
Rebecca lives in London with her husband and she likes to travel to far flung exotic locations as often as possible.
Venue Director - County Hall
Dominic commenced working with etc.venues in 2007 with the opening of Dexter House and has overseen the growth of the City venue portfolio, most of which he has been responsible for opening.
Dominic is now responsible for County Hall, our portfolio's largest venue as well as our regional venues in Birmingham and Manchester.
Like all of our team, Dominic is passionate about our business and is well known to many of the major customers in his role of overseeing service delivery standards.
Head of Group Sales
Adam joined etc.venues in 2009 as a Group Business Development Manager following stints working for both agencies and Hotels. After becoming the Head of Group Sales in 2014 he now oversees the proactive sales team for etc.venues and is supporting sales team expansion into the US.
Adam is an avid networker and sits on a number of committees within the industry including the HBAA and as an Associate Director for the Institute of Travel Management.
He loves music and has been a professional DJ in his past with gigs including V Festival and the Hollyoaks Christmas Party.
Head of Conference & Events Sales
Declan leads the sales teams across etc venues’ growing conference portfolio. Since joining in 2010 he has successfully launched the company’s four largest venues: St Paul’s (2012), 155 Bishopsgate (2014), County Hall (2017) and most recently 133 Houndsditch (2019).
He is adept at identifying areas of growth for the company and has opened spaces that are transforming the experience etc.venues offers its clients.
Declan previously worked across sports stadia and hotels in the UK and United States, including Ascot Racecourse and the Oval Cricket Ground.
Director of IT
Jose joined etc.venues in 2016 as Director of IT to oversee the management of technology across the company at Corporate and client level.
With over 25 years’ experience of delivering IT services, implementing technology, infrastructure projects and process transformation programmes the focus of his department is on delivering enterprise-wide infrastructure and information systems solutions for our internal corporate staff and external clients. Since joining he has been involved in the successful delivery of corporate business information systems and IT infrastructure for our largest venues.
Jose’s background is in the Media, Telecoms industry, Local government and now the hospitality industry.