Report: Event Industry HR Group: 21/02/18


Report: Event Industry HR Group: 21/02/18

14 Mar 2018 by: Alden Arnold

Group MeetingOur initial Cross Association Working Group of 2018 was The Event Industry HR Group who met at the QEII Centre, a first for the venue as attendee and as host. There was strong attendance by members from all three associations including new representation from DMG Events. This supported the full and varied agenda which had been created for the day.  GDPR remained a pertinent concern across all companies at all levels and it was identified that while an understanding of the requirements exists, it does so at varying depths. An AEO member offered to organise and host an interactive session for those on the Group who wished to increase their knowledge base. Andrew Harrison from ESSA showcased their Talent Hub video.

Further discussion topics in the meeting covered equal pay, AEO talent group update, brand perception, 2018 salary surveys, gender neutral toilets and appraisals. AEV reminded the group on how to post job vacancies via their member area on their Association’s website.


The group actively engaged during the full morning’s meeting and agreed on a number of agenda items for the next meeting which takes place on 3rd October 2018 at The International Centre – Telford.

QEII provided a fantastic lunch (courtesy of their caterers Leigh’s Dining). QEII Centre’s Anna Clover (Director of Venue Operations & Customer Experience) concluded our visit with a tour.

Appreciation was given to our hosts and Trevor Foley from tfconnect who chaired 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