Report: AEV Event Managers Working Group, June 28, 2017.


Report: AEV Event Managers Working Group, June 28, 2017.

25 Jul 2017

The AEV Event Managers Working group convened ahead of the AEV conference, at The NEC, Birmingham, on June 28, 2017 with Michelle Baldwin of the NEC taking the chair for the first time. 20 members representing 12 venues were in attendance, along with two guests and Kim Dance from the AEV, who was there to introduce and welcome both Baldwin as the new chair of the group, and Tom Edwards of ExCeL London as the new vice-chair.

Baldwin opened the meeting formally with thanks to the attendees, a reading of the apologies and a welcome to all new members and guests. Following round table introductions and the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting in November, Baldwin introduced the meeting's guest speaker, Suzanne Bull MBE, from Attitude is Everything who was invited to talk to the group about access statements and accessibility at venues.

Thanking Bull for her presentation, Baldwin then moved the meeting on to the discussion topics on the agenda including an update from the sub-committee looking at form standardisation and complex structures submission deadlines.

After lengthy discussions and the agreement of several important action points, the meeting then turned its attention to round table news and general venue updates, featuring contributions from many of the venues represented. With the discussions concluded the meeting turned its attention to future agenda items before agreeing the date of the next meeting as Thursday November 23, 2017 at a venue to be confirmed.

With no further business, Baldwin thanked members for their attendance and formally 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
  • 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