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Develop talent



Any industry is only as good as the sum of the talents within it. 

We believe the engagement, development and retention of that talent is important.  We aim to develop talent in a number of ways:

By meeting & learning from others

Involvement in our working groups provide unparalleled opportunities to learn from the very best in each field. We actively promote the development and sharing of knowledge and best practice that creates a rising tide of capability.

"Being a member of a working learning from others' experiences and knowing that, if in doubt, you can call on someone at another venue for information or advice."

Colm Graham, Head of Exhibitions - ACC Liverpool

Participation in our annual conference gives you access to a broader range of content and personnel from all functions of venue management. It is a unique chance to gather venue teams in one location with a programme of content centred on the practicalities of delivering truly world class, inspiring events. The conference provides an unrivalled platform for discussion, networking and information exchange.

By providing development opportunities

To help individuals develop their career or for members to grow their organisations, we provide a recruitment centre offering essential information for job seekers and employers alike. 

This recruitment centre allows members to post jobs and for anyone and everyone to browse and then be taken to the vacancy website to apply.

The recruitment centre offers help to those wanting to join the events industry, make the next move or to find the essential candidate to fill a key vacancy. Members can post their job vacancies here, to try and fill their positions. Our salary survey is essential reading for anyone who needs to benchmark salaries for different job roles. 

We asked our members...

To take a

To take a "Talent" survey..

Following the March 2018 AEV Board Meeting a new Steering Group was created to look at education and ways we can share best practice and find solutions to the challenges surrounding talent management.  This group aim is to look at training and career development, recruitment concerns and ways to improve skills and cross-functional working practices. 

At the inaugural meeting the need was agreed to seek ways to encourage the next generation to focus their direction towards the Events Industry. 

There are many ways to achieve this and a survey was issued looking at internships, reasons behind recruitment, apprenticeships and talent opportunities.

The results of the survey is available to all members and is available in our member zone - log in to view!

Exhibition News 30 under 30, class of 2018

Three venue organisations were represented on the list and all were AEV member venues.


The accolades were awarded to Natalie Prew, Lindsay Ackers and Lucy Taylor of BDC, SEC and ExCeL London respectively. 

Alden Arnold, Project Manager for AEV, met with the winning trio to explore their route into the venue industry...  you can read the full interview.

Read the EN 30 under 30 venue winner interview


Member Venues