AEV announces new board members and steering groups


AEV announces new board members and steering groups

04 Oct 2016

Following our Board Meeting and AGM a couple of weeks ago at the SECC, we welcome three new appointments to the board, namely Max Bull of the Business Design Centre (BDC), Steve Sayer of The O2, and Michael Watton of Farnborough International.

Bull, Sayer and Watton will take the seats on the board that have been vacated by Graham Stephenson, Graeme Jones and Rebecca Kane Burton respectively. Dominic Fleming and Tim Banfield have also vacated their seats whilst Kathryn James remains as treasurer and Nigel Nathan was re-elected. The three new board members join the recently appointed chair, Jeremy Rees of ExCeL London, and vice chair, Dan Thurlow of the Scottish Event Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

After the board meeting, Rees welcomed the three new members, saying, “Michael, Steve and Max all bring significant experience and knowledge to the board, and will all be great assets to the association, particularly to the new steering groups we have launched today. Both at the board and within the groups, they will be using their skills and expertise to help develop and deliver the AEV's future objectives.”

The new steering groups will cover areas including AEV conference & events, sales & member benefits, research, website marketing & PR, health, safety & security, and technology.

Rees concluded, “At the AEV our objective is provide all our members with the resources, expertise and support they need to achieve their commercial goals and ambitions. With a more focused structure of board engagement through the new steering groups, and three very capable new board members, I believe the association is better placed than ever to meet our members' needs."



  • "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, 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, 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
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval