H&S meeting summary 29.08.19


H&S meeting summary 29.08.19

30 Aug 2019 by: Alden Arnold

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44 individuals registered to attend our cross-association H&S working group meeting yesterday (29th August 2019) making it the busiest single working group meeting of the year. Ever. Mike Pearce welcomed us all to Landsec, our generous hosts for near 4.5-hour meeting.

The agenda allowed for a variety of topics to be discussed. These subjects were highlighted as hot topics at the group’s last meeting back in February. Well-being was explored as a collective with the help of Alex Joicey from PepFarley and Frances Trussell providing us with an understanding of managing the physiological responses to stress; particularly relevant to the hectic lives of those from all corners of the event world – great to see the entire room engaging with some breathing exercises.

After a short break the group split into 4 streams covering the importance of sleep with Circadian's Steve Goodwin, alternative power with James Eade, pedestrian and traffic control with Gerry Kilsby & Tony Hawkins and complex rigging with Nigel Winer.

the experts

The group were spoilt by a delicious lunch provided by Landsec’s caterers Bennett Hay Limited.

Post lunch the leaders from each stream imparted their group’s outputs giving all an idea of the direction we should travel as an Industry collective.

Thank you to all those who attended, our hosts and guests and to Paul Brough for stepping in as chair at the very last minute.

Our next meeting in on 26th February at ExCeL London, during International Confex.



  • "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