AEV Board welcomes new members from Manchester Central and Liverpool ACC


AEV Board welcomes new members from Manchester Central and Liverpool ACC

09 Feb 2017

 The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced the appointment of two new board members, Elizabeth Faulkner, assistant CEO Manchester Central, and Kerry Quinn, Liverpool ACC's deputy CEO & director of events and operations, bringing the total number of board members to 14.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, welcomed the new board members saying, “I’m delighted to welcome Kerry and Elizabeth to the board, and I’m confident that their combined experience and knowledge will be great assets to the board and the association.”

Both Quinn and Faulkner bring nearly half a century of experience to the board, from within the event venue sector as well as airports and hotels.

Quinn remarked, "I'm delighted to be appointed as a member of the AEV's governing body, and to have the opportunity to lend my efforts to the association's work in safeguarding and promoting the event venue industry."

Faulkner commented, "Joining the board is a very positive step for Manchester Central, and I am looking forward to helping to plan the focus and direction of the association going forward."

Quinn began her career in HR for the NHS and then at Teeside airport, becoming airport director at Peel Airports Ltd in 2008. Quinn moved to a role as operations director at Cardiff Airport, before joining Liverpool ACC in 2012.

Faulkner held multiple senior business development and event management positions before joining Manchester Central as Marketing Director in 2012 and becoming Assistant CEO – Events in 2014.



  • "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