We meet the venue winners of the Exhibition News 30u30 class of 2018


We meet the venue winners of the Exhibition News 30u30 class of 2018

17 Sep 2018 by: Alden Arnold


We celebrate the decision of the Exhibition News 30 under 30 judges, who picked three young venue professionals for their illustrious list, published in this month's edition of the magazine.

The accolades were awarded to Natalie Prew, Lindsay Ackers and Lucy Taylor of BDC, SEC and ExCeL London respectively. Only 3 venue organisations were represented on the list, and all were AEV member venues. The awards were made on August 15 at a special event at Hilton London Olympia.

Prew, Ackers and Taylor were all thrilled to have been selected for “going above and beyond in their roles, taking on high levels of responsibility, innovating, and serving as mentors and leaders to their peers” as the judging requirements demanded. All three are also active members of the association and contribute to AEV's working groups. Prew and Taylor are both members of the Event Managers Working Group, whilst Ackers sits on the Marcomms Working Group.

Asked about their roles in the respective working groups, Taylor commented,  “Collaboration and networking are vital in order to keep your views and opinions grounded in “event reality“ and meeting as a group twice a year gives us ample time to progress ideas and share formalities of procedure in a non-commercial environment. It's quite reassuring to hear that people from other venues are experiencing many of the same challenges that we are currently facing.”

Prew added, “I also really like how attending the working groups enables us to visit other venues and celebrate the variety of event spaces, within the Association. Since being on the working groups, I have been to Manchester Central, The SEC, The NEC, Excel and Olympia and soon we will be going to Farnborough International. I find it interesting to see how other venues are utilising their space to keep current within this thriving industry.”

On the Marcomms Working Group, Ackers added, “the Working Group has definitely allowed me to reach out beyond my immediate colleagues, giving me the ability to explore, share ideas, gain insights and solid learning that I may not have been exposed to pre-AEV membership. Regardless of geography I feel connected to a bigger event network.”

Rachel Parker, AEV director, was delighted at the news, saying, “It's important for the industry to recognise young talent and celebrate it with accolades like the Exhibition News 30 under 30. As an association, and in common with ESSA and AEO, we are striving to attract more young people to the industry, and recognition of their talents is an important part of this.”

Read their full interviews with AEV project manger, Alden Arnold here



  • "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