Marketing and communications working group


Marketing and communications working groupEvaluates the latest marketing and communications initiatives being applied in venues and the challenges they face as a community, to share best practice and ideas.


“I’ve been attending the MarComms Working Group since 2015 and feel that the value of the meetings are priceless when it comes to driving forward fundamental issues both as an industry and within our own businesses. I look forward to my tenure as chair of the group and hope that the work that we have already begun will continue to add value to all members and participants, supporting marketing and communications in its key role of a venue’s operations.”
Kate Simpson, Marketing Director, Business Design Centre (Chair) 

Catch up with the chair, Kate Simpson



This group of AEV members are responsible for capturing and defining member wants and needs within the areas of PR, marketing and communication, to express common issues, aims and practices that would be better shared, tackled and discussed as a collective.

2020 meeting dates:
  • Wednesday 26 February, ExCeL London (International Confex) 
  • Friday 10 July, QEII Centre, London
  • Wednesday 23rd September, Eikon Exhibition Centre, Belfast 


List of members


  • "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 at 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 at 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
  • "AEV is a powerful voice behind the venues that hold incredible events that enable the meetings of millions of people - an integral part of the experience economy"
    Julia Galbraith – Marketing Manager – Exhibitions, ExCeL London