Our board's skills and expertise set the strategic direction and provide tactical backup for the AEV.

The board is comprised of elected members serving fixed terms who represent a wide range of venues. Their skills and expertise set the strategic direction and provide tactical backup for the AEV.

The board meet quarterly and operate through a series of Steering Groups. These groups focus on specific areas to help shape and deliver the priorities of the AEV including marketing, events, research and member benefits.

Board members

"Taking the reins from outgoing chair Jeremy Rees, I will continue our focus on preparing the whole industry for the future of events. Our association is in excellent shape to take initiatives forward, particularly around bringing people together for mutual gain, the very principal on which our industry is based. This is an exciting time, and as chair, I look forward to being able to assist and facilitate our members in addressing the challenges and opportunities coming our way."

Dan Thurlow, (Director of Exhibition Sales, Scottish Event Campus - SEC)







  • “Through the AEV, and the working groups in particular, members can share best practice and formulate consistent responses to emerging challenges”
    Andy Coulson – Head of Airshow Operations, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
  • "“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
  • “The AEV provides vital conduits for knowledge transfer and awareness amongst its member venues”
    Murray Dickson – Head of Business Engagement, Group IT, The NEC
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale – Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • "AEV is a powerful voice behind the venues that hold incredible events that enable the meetings of millions of people - an integral part of the experience economy"
    Julia Galbraith – Marketing Manager – Exhibitions, ExCeL London