Report from the Technical Committee – Electrics, Olympia London,April 6th 2016


Report from the Technical Committee – Electrics, Olympia London,April 6th 2016

28 Apr 2016

The cross association Technical Committee – Electrics convened its first meeting of the year on April 6th at Olympia London, and was well attended by members including Chris Morrison, director of facilities at Olympia London, in the chair, and the directors of the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), Rachel Parker and Andrew Harrison respectively.

After apologies and a welcome for new attendees from Freeman, Full Circle Events, Ricoh Arena, Showlite and The NEC, the minutes of the last meeting were duly approved, and the committee moved on to the business of the day.

The first item on the agenda was the 6 month review of the electrical test form from the most recent iteration of the eGuide, and the feedback from the group was predominantly positive. Members commented that the form is an improvement on the previous version both in terms of content and consistency, and functions much better as a working template that both venues and contractors have readily accepted.

Members agreed that the new electrical test form was a good example of the success and significance of the group's work. The group resolved to communicate its progress in improving electrical testing to the memberships with links to the test form itself in order to further promote and encourage its use.

ESSA director, Andrew Harrison, addressed the group next with an update on ESSA's training college initiative, with a specific focus on how ESSA was considering becoming an Apprenticeship Training Agency and partnering with a college to deliver industry apprenticeship places. The group welcomed the initiative and felt that working towards industry specific apprenticeships would be the best way forwards.

There were discussions around whether there is a need in our industry for a replacement for the electrical competency card that was issued by BECA, and discontinued when BECA and AEC merged to form ESSA. Following the advent of CDM 2015, some form of automated system for registering electrical competency and a quick and convenient method for checking credentials on the show floor. It was suggested that a card carrying system was outdated and that the associations, and the working group in particular, might want to look at a digital, app-based solution, if this was taken any further.

The group then went on to discuss a variety of topics including harmonic distortion, water waste, and an update from the AEV's representative on the BS7641 committee and the JPEL 64 committee.

Following the round table news from members, and general member updates, future agenda items were discussed and suggested, and the meeting then went on to agree the date and venue of the next meeting as Thursday November 3rd at FIVE (Farnborough International Ltd.).

Concluding the meeting, AEV director Rachel Parker thanked Olympia London for hosting the meeting and proceedings were concluded by the chair.



  • "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