Venue conference launched by AEV


Venue conference launched by AEV

06 Jan 2016

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced its first ever conference, scheduled to be held at the Business Design Centre, London on 2 June 2016, the conference is aimed at personnel working within members' venues.

Details of the conference programme will be released shortly, but it will cover many areas of venue management and will bring in external speakers to share their knowledge of customer experience and best practice. There will also be the usual AEV opportunities to share experience and expertise with fellow member venues.

The AEV has created a working group to manage the development of the event, including AEV chair Graham Stephenson of the BDC , Kathryn James of the NEC, Jeremy Rees of ExCeL London, Alison Griffin of The International Centre, Telford, Dan Thurlow of the SECC and AEV director Rachel Parker.

AEV chair Graham Stephenson commented, “Having a venue specific conference has been something we have discussed for quite some time, so I am delighted that we are now able to announce our first conference in June. There are plenty of ideas surrounding the content and format for the day and we will be announcing full details in the coming weeks but it will be focused on providing venue teams with insight, information and an opportunity to share information with one another.”



  • "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