Church House Westminster joins AEV


Church House Westminster joins AEV

05 Jul 2022

Queen Mary laid the foundation stone for Church House Westminster in June 1937, and the Grade II listed building, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, has found itself at the focus of world events more than once, including housing sessions of Parliament during The Blitz in 1941, and the first UN Security Council meeting in 1946.

Today, Church House Westminster hosts hybrid conferences, association awards, charity fundraising events, receptions and corporate parties in its versatile 19 event spaces. The largest event space, the magnificent, circular Assembly Hall, features a striking 30-foot glass dome ceiling as the room’s architectural focal point. 

Marina Papadopoulou, head of business development, Church House Westminster, spoke about the venue's ambitions and why it chose to join AEV, saying, "Joining the AEV at this time is integral to how we intend to meet challenges like sustainability, recruitment, and diversity and inclusion - through collaboration and knowledge sharing. We know events are essential to the economy and our local communities, so how we navigate into the future needs careful consideration. AEV membership will unlock avenues for valuable collaboration on these and other issues with our industry peers, and the opportunity to contribute to and learn from our fellow members."

Papadopoulou concluded, "We are all looking forward to meeting and networking with like-minded peers and venues, agreeing on best practice principles for the industry, inspiring other smaller venues to new ways of working and increasing awareness of the importance of our industry in order to attract the best talent."

Alden Arnold, project manager, AEV, welcomed Church House Westminster to the association, saying, "I'm thrilled that Church House Westminster has joined the AEV. The team members at this notable venue have unique perspectives stemming from its location and place in history, and the knowledge and experience they embody will be welcomed by the whole association."



  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval