Board members




Dan Thurlow

Director of Exhibition Sales

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Max Bull

Executive Director of Venue Sales

Business Design Centre



Kathryn James

Managing Director

National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

Kerry Mulloy

Deputy CEO & Director of Events and Operations

ACC Liverpool 

Graz Kalenik

General Manager

Barbican Centre

Jeremy Rees

Chief Executive

ExCeL London

Michael Watton

Venue Director

Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre

Brian Dobson

Head of Sales and Events

Harrogate Convention Centre

Clive Johnson

Group Head of Health, Safety and Security


Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive

Manchester Central

Nigel Nathan

Group Managing Director

Olympia London

Anna Clover

Director of Venue Operations
& Customer Experience

QEII Centre, London

Steve Sayer

Vice President & General Manager

The O2

Alison Griffin

Managing Director

The International Centre, Telford


  • “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