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



Jeremy Rees

Chief Executive

ExCeL London

Anna Clover

Director of Venue Operations
& Customer Experience

QEII Centre, London

Brian Dobson

Head of Sales and Events

Harrogate Convention Centre

Alison Griffin

Managing Director

The International Centre, Telford

Chris Hartley

  Managing Director

NAEC Stoneleigh

Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive

Manchester Central

Graz Kalenik

General Manager

Barbican Centre

Kerry Mulloy

Deputy CEO & Director of Events and Operations

ACC Liverpool 

Nigel Nathan

Group Managing Director

Olympia London

Steve Sayer

Vice President & General Manager

The O2

Ian Taylor

Venue Sales Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

National Exhibition Centre

Michael Watton

Venue Director

Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre


  • "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 at 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 at 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
  • "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