Management Team

The team behind etc.venues...

Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. Alastair's ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who amongst her many accomplishments 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 private equity backing from Dunedin Capital Partners he acquired the specialist city centre venue company, etc.venues, which has become the fastest growing UK conference venue business. In 2012 he secured fresh capital from Growth Capital Partners in a secondary management Buyout.

Alastair recently spoke at a "Startup Grind" event - if you'd like to watch a video of the event click here.

Alastair was also an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in 2009 and again in 2013. Some recent articles are:-

City AMThe Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Conference News and EP Business in Hospitality.

Alastair is an enthusiastic golfer, tennis player and skier. He is married with 2 children and lives in Berkshire.


Paul Keen

Paul is the Finance Director of etc.venues. He graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Davison and Shingleton, a London practice focused on owner-managed and SME businesses. He then worked for 4 years as a management consultant with Andersens before moving into a range of Finance and Commercial Director posts in the media, leisure and sports industries.  Paul joined etc.venues in 2006.

Margaretha Welsford

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.

Guy Booth

Director of Operations

Guy joined etc.venues in 2008 as venue manager of Maple House after working at Initial Style Conferences for 12 years. After moving his focus to London, Guy grew our venues in cental London and took on the successful development our conference and event venues at 200 Aldersgate and 155 Bishopsgate. Guy has overall management responsibility for operations at all our venues including overseeing the development of the new conference and event business at County Hall opening in January 2017.

Iain Dix

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.

Dominic James

Head of Operations

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 manages the operations of our City venues on a day-to-day basis and leads our growth plans outside London.  Dominic is well known to many of the major customers in his role of overseeing service delivery standards.