AEV working group leadership changes announced


AEV working group leadership changes announced

22 Mar 2021

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced two new chairs and five new vice-chairs of its working groups, chosen in accordance with each individual group’s articles and schedules.

The Event Managers Working Group has welcomed Pamela Newbould, senior event manager, East of England Arena & Events Centre as its new chair, and Jill Wadge, team manager, conference and events, Scottish Events Campus (SEC), as its new vice-chair.

The Event Industry HR Group's new chair is Raj Pragji, HR Director, QEII Centre and the former vice-chair, with Katrina Rowbury, HR director, Global Experience Specialists (GES), succeeding her as the new vice-chair. Lucy Merritt, head of marketing and communications, ExCeL London, is the new vice-chair of the MarComms Working group; Henry Havis, head of security, ExCeL London, is the new chair of the Security Working Group, and Nigel Winer, rigging and technical manager, also ExCeL London, is the new vice-chair of the Health & Safety Working Group.

Lucille Ryan, sustainability manager, EMEA, Informa PLC, becomes chair of the Sustainability Working Group, and she is joined by co-vice chairs Tim Byrne, health & safety manager, ExCeL London, and Emily Pritchard, conference and events sales manager, Kia Oval.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, welcomed the new chairs and vice-chairs to their roles, saying, "Our working groups, whether they are industry-wide or venue-specific, have done outstanding work during the pandemic. Now, as we anticipate a return to events, and with member engagement at an all-time high, our groups are all focused on restarting and rebuilding the industry. They will need to cooperate and collaborate closely with each other, and I look forward to our new chairs and vice-chairs bringing their considerable experience and knowledge to bear on this and many other challenges."



  • "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