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Julia Metzner Head of events at dulwich College
“Working in the College’s favour is its stunning buildings and grounds combined with its strong sense of history.”
College proves a big attraction Julia Metzner’s journey to her current role as Head of Events at Dulwich College began in a very different professional sphere. Having trained as a paediatric nurse, she worked in healthcare for five years before switching to secretarial work, a role that brought her to the College’s Events Department in 1998. She became Deputy Events Manager in 2007 before being promoted to the top job in 2009. Julia said: “I manage all commercial events and we liaise with clients who wish to hold events with us. It could be residential lettings, sporting occasions, we host a lot of corporate
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cricket, or the hiring out of one of our halls for many events such as christenings, weddings and conferences. “All of our profit goes back into the College to be used for the benefit of the pupils in the form of bursaries or improvements to the fabric of the building. It’s all for the boys.” Working in the College’s favour is its stunning buildings and grounds combined with its strong sense of history. It was founded by Edward Alleyn on June 21st 1619, with letters patent from King James I. Alleyn was an actor and an entrepreneur in the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre.
Julia said: “We do little advertising as the majority of our bookings come through reputation via word of mouth and returning clients. It helps that Dulwich College is well known. “One of our big advantages is the range of spaces we can offer. We have seven halls which can be used for events and extensive grounds, which makes us very versatile. “For me, it’s all about people, you have to love working with people, give everyone time and ensure each client feels special. We aim for our clients to feel totally secure and comfortable so they can then relax and enjoy their event with us.”
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