Max Bull steps up as chair of the AEV


Max Bull steps up as chair of the AEV

21 Sep 2020

Max Bull, executive director of venue sales at the Business Design Centre, has been elected chair of the Association of Event Venues .  The election, which took place at the AEV AGM on 15th September at the Business Design Centre, also sees Shaun Hinds, chief executive officer at Manchester Central become Vice Chair.  Dan Thurlow, Former Chair, will now assume the role of Past Chair for the forthcoming year.  In addition four new board members were elected, Jackie Boughton – head of business events at The Barbican, Andy Gibb – group sales & marketing director at Stadium MK, Paula Lorimer – director of Harrogate Convention Centre, and Jason Lunn – venue director at the East of England Arena and Events Centre.

Max Shaun

“It is a great honour and responsibility to be elected chair of the association at such a challenging time, and to follow in the footsteps of some of the industry’s best known individuals. I am looking forward to working with the board members, both existing and new, supporting the AEV team and help build on the current strength of the AEV” explained Bull.

AEV director Rachel Parker commented, “I am incredibly grateful to Dan for his tenure as chair for what has been one of the most challenging periods of our time.   I look forward to working with Max and Shaun to continue supporting our members during this crisis.  I would also like to welcome our four new board members who each bring a different perspective of our industry given their diverse venue purpose and locations across the UK.”




  • "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