Report: AEV/AEO/ESSA H&S Working Group meeting, October 11 2017


Report: AEV/AEO/ESSA H&S Working Group meeting, October 11 2017

26 Oct 2017

The AEV/AEO/ESSA Health & Safety Working Group convened for its second meeting of the year at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday October 11 with Paul Brough of Olympia London in the chair and 27 attendees present.

Brough welcomed the delegates to the meeting and thanked NEC for hosting, before moving on to the apologies and round table introductions for the benefit of the new members. Approval was sought for the notes from the last meeting, which was duly given.

Brough then turned the group to discussing the agenda topics, beginning with exhibition logistics, featuring a request from Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, for volunteers to join a logistics sub-group that could look at some H&S issues being raised by a number of logistics companies.

The group went on to discuss various aspects of H&S procedures and practices, including the collection and sharing of collected data, fork lift truck operations, complex stand plan submission dates, and a comprehensive update on the industry’s ‘Stop The Drop’ resource from Billy Ward of the AEO.

Following the group discussions, Brough then led the group in agreeing agenda items for the next meetings, and proposed the meeting dates of Wednesday April 25, 2018 and Wednesday October 10, 2018 at venues to be confirmed.

With all agenda items completed, Brough then tabled changes to the chair and vice-chair under AOB, officially handing the chair of the group over to Alison Treacher of GES, and assuming her position of vice-chair. Brough was thanked for his contribution to the group by the associations’ representatives, and in turn thanked all members for attending and closed the meeting.



  • "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
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    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