Tandem Report: Cross Association Sustainability/AEV eGuide WG meetings


Tandem Report: Cross Association Sustainability/AEV eGuide WG meetings

06 Apr 2018 by: Alden Arnold

TourAfter what has seemed a long winter, the sun shone on the East of England Arena and Event Centre (EEAEC) on 21st March. The AEV/AEO/ESSA Cross Association Sustainability and AEV eGuide Working Group meetings were both held in the naturally lit Peterborough Suite. Both groups enjoyed fine hospitality from our hosts.

The Cross Association Sustainability Working Group met in the morning and it was Tom Revell’s (GES) first meeting as chair and led the meeting with confidence. The lively team in attendance took benefit from the compact agenda which provided the structure for keen discussion surrounding energy usage, event breakdown waste management and how, as a collective the Associations can increase sustainability awareness and promote successes. Round table updates allowed attendees to share how each represented business were addressing pertinent sustainability issues.

Rachel Parker closed the meeting by updating the group on our forthcoming Conference which is taking place on 28th June at ExCeL London. Amongst a fantastic programme a panel led session will be exploring how events can reduce their plastic footprint.

A tour of the venue (led by EEAEC’s Jason Lunn) and lunch (provided by Amadeus Food) followed enabling both Working Groups to combine, network and catch up socially.

The afternoon’s AEV eGuide Working Group (chaired by Olympia London’s Siân Richards) followed closely to the agenda exploring in detail a host of subjects from weapons, expectant mothers, drones, special treatments and chipboard usage. Future eGuide updates were explored and Alden announced our Conference which was universally well received.

The meeting closed following round table updates and appreciation to our host.

Thank you to all those that attended. Our next meeting takes place on 17th October – venue to be confirmed.



  • "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