Event Industry Associations announces new Diversity and Inclusion hub


Event Industry Associations announces new Diversity and Inclusion hub

16 Jun 2021

Event industry associations, the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association of Event Venues (AEV), and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), have announced the launch of their new Diversity and Inclusion hub.

The hub contains a variety of resources signposting articles, podcasts, case studies, blogs and other materials, which aim to recognise, value and promote diversity, tackling inequality as we evolve to a consciously inclusive, welcoming and progressive industry.


Michael Adeniya, portfolio director of Phacilitate and cross-association D&I working group chair says: “The D&I working group has seen tremendous engagement from members who want to see better representation and inclusion in the events industry. We’re delighted to make the resource hub available, not just for our members but for the entire events industry to have access to educational resources in a range of protected characteristics. We will continue to add to this resource and welcome any suggestions on enhancements.”

An EIA spokesperson says: “Our industry is so dynamic and its audiences so diverse. As the industry goes through some of the biggest changes in its history, we have a real opportunity to effect positive and exciting change that will see our industry thrive. With a journey that’s very much at the start, there is much to be done around the education piece - the hub will play a crucial role in that. We invite members to continue to share ideas with us on the sorts of resources they’d like to see.”


To view the D&I hub for each association, click on the following links:





For further information please contact:

Carmen Searle, Marketing Manager

Association of Event Organisers Ltd (AEO)

119 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 2DJ                                                    

Tel: 01442 285 817



  • "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