New vice-chair for AEV Marketing & Communications Working Group


New vice-chair for AEV Marketing & Communications Working Group

12 Nov 2019 by: AEV Team
We’re pleased to announce that Mathew James, head of brand, Telford International Centre, has been elected to the position of vice-chair of the AEV Marketing and Communications (Marcomms) Working Group.

The Working Group, which meets regularly at venues throughout the UK, strives to capture and define the many needs and requirements that AEV members have of their marketing and communications activity. With this focus, the Marcomms Working Group provides a forum in which issues, goals and successful practices can be shared, discussed and disseminated for the benefit of all association members.

Mathew was pleased to be elected to the role, saying, "The Marcomms working group brings together the best in event venue marketing from across the UK, and it is a real privilege to be elected as its new vice-chair.  I am looking forward to learning lots, continuing to provide value and ambition to the group and supporting colleagues so that we all benefit from being part of a strong AEV."

Kate Simpson, marketing director, BDC and Marcomms Working Group Chair, welcomed James as vice-chair, saying, “I’m delighted that Mathew is taking on the role of vice-chair and look forward to working alongside him over the coming years. Mathew has already been instrumental in driving forward activities such as the benchmarking project we carried out, and I know that he will be a great support to both the group and the wider association, bringing a wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience to the table.”




  • "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