Meet Marina Papadopoulou, our Business Development Manager (BDM).
If Marina is not hosting client visits and agency fam trips here at Church House Westminster, she can be found at event industry exhibitions and networking events suggesting new inspiring event ideas that we’ve successfully tried and tested and explaining the benefits of different guest experiences – whether it is an in-person, hybrid or virtual event. She’s always finding new clients to show off the versatility of the Assembly Hall for creative events.
No prizes for guessing where Marina is from, suffice to say you’ll be booking a trip to Greece once you’ve met her! In this blog, you can find out more about her time at Church House Westminster and also about her personally.
- How long have you been at Church House Westminster?
3 years and 1 month.
- What does your job involve?
My days are never the same, so it is difficult for me to describe a set day. As a BDM I need to be proactive, I need to have the ability to think outside of the box and to always explore new business opportunities related to revenue increases. This means that I am mostly out and about meeting new contacts and raising awareness of the venue.
- What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy the chance I have to meet different people every day, the opportunity to travel, and of course that I am a part of this amazing industry!
- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I think I would like to be a criminal law solicitor or an archaeologist.
- The most challenging aspect of your job?
The fact is that you need to always be able to adapt according to your client’s personality and requirements – be one step ahead.
- What advice would you give your younger self?
Well, I will use a quote that even today I try to follow: “If there is something you can do about it, there is no need to worry… If there is nothing you can do about it, there is no need to worry”.
- Most memorable/proudest moment of your career here at Church House Westminster?
Every time we receive a client’s feedback that acknowledges the team’s great work and dedication.
- What is your number one tip for elevating an event experience?
Engagement with your audience. Always ask yourself: what are they looking to gain from this experience?
- What did you do before, and why did you make the switch?
I have been working in this industry for 21 years and started out as soon as I finished university. My career spans organising events in both Greece and London.
- What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in the event industry?
Go for it! There are so many fascinating opportunities for growing your skillset, making connections, and pushing the boundaries in terms of imagination, you will not look back.
- Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
My partner only.
- Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Playing ‘candy crush’ on my way to work.
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
My summers in Crete!
- Famous guests, you have welcomed at Church House?
Her Majesty the Queen