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Emma Chilton, Event Manager - ACC Liverpool
WE catch up with the venue winners of the Exhibition News class of 2018 30 under 30 to explore their route into the industry.
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 are AEV member venues.
Alden Arnold, AEV Project Manager met with the winning trio to explore their route into the venue industry...
Congratulations on being on EN's 30-U-30 listing! A great accolade and experience. What do you enjoy most about that honour?
What made you want to pursue events and what attracted you to working on the venue side of the events industry?
My route to now is rather unconventional. After GSCEs I completed a BTEC in Hotel/Restaurant/Event Management. This included placement at Twickenham Stadium. It was there where my light bulb moment struck – my interest in venues rocketed.
It was during the UK Venue Show when I met Max Bull (from BDC) who put me in contact with his team and I secured a one year’s placement for my University degree. 4 years later I am now where I am today. Working on the venue side of events has many benefits. Its location is fixed for one but you get to experience a kaleidoscope of content that comes to you and its great (and a proud moment) to see a space adapt to suit a variety of needs.
You are part of either our Event Managers or Marketing Communications working groups. What does it mean to you to be part of a working group?
Through this collaboration has it helped you develop your career path?
It has definitely helped me think differently and the working group output gives me key takeaways to consider. This collaboration has expanded my network – when based at a venue you only tend to meet people that come to us. The diverse community AEV achieves and as members we can tap into will certainly keep me within venues for many years to come.
In your opinion, what is the greatest millennial myth?
“We are lazy”. It’s simply not the case - in this industry anyhow. I think the biggest millennial myth is that there is a myth! I feel it’s been created by the media to blame something on my generation! If we were that lazy then there wouldn’t be these 30 under 30 awards! It’s always hard to change people’s opinion on a generation however I’ve always had the mind-set of working hard to get what/ where you want and that it isn’t simply handed to you.
2019 looms. What do you think will be the greatest challenge facing our (venue) industry?
Sustaining sustainability. The AEV Conference helped support this growing concern but it will be interesting to see if venues regardless of size maintains their good intentions.
Health & Safety and qualities of stand builds. I’ve seen the quality of break downs lesser over recent times – perhaps pressure is felt to vacate the venue. Venues need to maintain and encourage strong unified working. Event venues are evolving but so are the needs of the organiser.
For SEC it will be our continued expansion into 2019 – our campus grows and that will bring its own challenges and opportunities, I am sure. I think organisers will increasingly need to work and keep their events fresh, but I believe that presents a fantastic opportunity with venues being able to provide support from that aspect. We’re more than just bricks and mortar, we are experienced events professionals.
I think as the world is continuously changing, there’s always going to be significant focus on safety and security, which goes hand in hand with crisis communications and PR. I also think sustainability is only going to become more and more prominent, so venues are going to have to adapt greatly to reduce their footprint.