Report : XAWG: The Event Industry HR Group - 06.02.19


Report : XAWG: The Event Industry HR Group - 06.02.19

08 Feb 2019 by: Alden Arnold
"33% of event professionals will experience a period of mental ill health" (EventWell 2017)

Our first Cross Association working group of the year met at ExCeL London this week. HR professionals from across the sister associations joined forces and expertise to explore mental health first aid.



Led by Christina Barsoum and Jaan Madan from MHFA England the group discovered some sobering statistics, learnt a little more about themselves and how together mental health can be addressed across all corners of our organisations and industry.

Organised by the HR working group chair, Cheryl Busby from Clarion Events Ltd all welcomed the opportunity to prioritise and alter thinking.

The group will now work on the objective of approaching barriers/tackling the stigma and compiling a mental health tool kit for ultimate use across our member organisations. 

The meeting concluded with a tour (by a Clarion Gaming Event Director) of ICE which was enjoying its third day residency at ExCeL London.

Thank you to all those that attended,  Cheryl (chair) and Raj (vice) for organising, MHFA England for providing thought provoking content, ICE and finally ExCeL London for hosting and providing refreshment. 

Our next (extra - due to demand) meeting takes place on 5th June at Diversified Communications in Brighton.

Contact your Association representative should you wish to join the conversation.

Take a couple of minutes to view PwC’s This is Me campaign which was created to mark World Mental Health Day 2016 and shown during our meeting

MHFA England :



  • "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