AEV Conference voted a success by delegates


AEV Conference voted a success by delegates

30 Jun 2016
Earlier this month the AEV hosted its first conference held at the Business Design Centre, London. It brought together over 120 delegates from member venues, some organisers and contractors. With content aimed specifically at the venue teams and potential venue leaders of the future, the day was packed with information and advice.
The programme began with team building expert and author, Simon Hartley who was followed by a talk on Project Griffin and counter terror, then two break out sessions on technology and catering. After lunch, the day resumed with John Probyn speaking on understanding your audience and the day's speakers closed with Will Whitehorn and the impact of change.
Following the conference, the AEV team undertook a satisfaction survey from the delegates, it returned overall approval ratings of over 89%, with particular highlights being identified as the presentations from Simon Hartley and Will Whitehorn.
The AEV are delighted to say that the conference was an overwhelming success and would like to thank all delegates who took a day out of their busy diaries to attend; the speakers for their contribution to making this an exceptional day; the  team at the AEV for making it all happen, and to the Business Design Centre for hosting the conference. We would also like to thank the sponsors whose support made the event possible.


  • "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