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) 
  • Wednesday 27 May, virtual meeting
  • Tuesday 9 June, virtual meeting
  • Tuesday 7 July, virtual meeting
  • Thursday 6 August, Project Confidence, virtual meeting
  • Tuesday 11 August, virtual meeting
  • Tuesday 8 September, virtual meeting
  • Tuesday 13 October, virtual meeting


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, 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
  • "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
  • 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 Simpson
    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