AEV announces new board members


AEV announces new board members

27 Sep 2021 by: AEV Team

We (AEV) held our AGM on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at The Business Design Centre, London, and as a result can announce a number of appointments, elections and reelections to the AEV Board.

New Board MembersPaul Michael, commercial director, Coventry Building Society Arena, and Carlo Zoccali, venue director, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre were both appointed to the board for the first time, and Nick Waight, managing director, P&J Live, successfully sought election to the board.

The following four board members stood for reelection as required by the AEV Board’s articles and memoranda, and were duly elected: Jeremy Rees, CEO ExCeL London, AEV Treasurer; Nigel Nathan, Group MD, Olympia London; Ian Taylor, MD, NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions; Steve Sayer, VP and GM, The O2 at AEG Europe.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, welcomed the new board members, saying, “Paul, Carlo and Nick embody significant venue wisdom and experience, and I’m confident they will discharge their duties as board members with their customary brilliance and expertise.

“I’m immensely grateful to them, and all the board members who give their time freely for the benefit of all our members and the industry at large. On behalf of the AEV, I would also like to thank Jason Lunn, former venue director at East of England Arena and Events Centre, who has stepped down from the board.”



  • "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