AEV appoints new membership executive


AEV appoints new membership executive

13 May 2015

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced the appointment of Sarah Appleyard to the position of membership executive. Appleyard started work at the AEV on April 20th, and her appointment fills the vacancy created by the promotion of Kimberley Miles to AEV association manager.

Appleyard was pleased to have been selected for the position, saying, “I'm very excited to be have been chosen as the AEV's new membership executive and I'm looking forward to meeting and working with our many members over the next few weeks.”

Appleyard joins the association with 9 years experience as executive assistant to the head of EMEA Equity Trading at Citigroup Global Markets, Canary Wharf, London. Her role at Citigroup involved  providing organisational and administrative support to senior management.

As membership executive, Appleyard's role will be to provide proactive membership services focused on AEV members, but also supporting cross association membership initiatives. Appleyard will also support the AEV manager and director, and will be the the central point of contact, control and organisation for the AEV's board and working group meetings.

AEV director, Rachel Parker, welcomed Appleyard to the association saying “Sarah's approachability, proven organisational expertise and skill set are going to be great assets for the association and it's members, and her formidable business experience gives her the all-important insight I know our members will recognise and trust.”



  • "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