A must see event for any venue team

Meet old contacts and new ones

Meet old contacts and new ones. The conference is a must attend event for all venue teams, from middle to senior management. The conference speakers and content have been chosen to provide delegates with insight, information and ideas they can put into practice.

The conference will be of particular interest to those who are already engaging with the AEV working groups,a key resource for member venues.This conference is for everyone involved in venues, but especially: Event Planners, Catering Managers, Security Managers, Sales & Marketing Managers, Health & Safety Operations, IT / Technology Managers, Sustainability, Technical, and HR. in fact virtually everyone working in a venue team will be able to find inspiration at the conference.

In addition our customers and suppliers will find the content of the day inspiring and thought provoking seeing the industry through the eyes of the venues.  We welcome all AEO and ESSA members as well as non-member event organisers and suppliers.

Who went last year?

2016 attendees

  • ACC Liverpool 
  • Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)
  • AEO
  • Agility Fairs & Events
  • Alexandra Palace
  • Artexis 
  • Barbican
  • BDC Ltd
  • Bournemouth International Centre
  • DB Systems
  • ESSA
  • ExCeL London
  • Exhibition News
  • Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • Goodwood Estate
  • Harrogate Convention Centre 
  • Kent Event Centre


  • LiveBuzz
  • Manchester Central
  • Olympia London Ltd
  • QEII Centre
  • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea  
  • Royal Dublin Society (RDS)
  • SEC
  • Stadium MK
  • TF Connect
  • The Crystal 
  • The International Centre, Telford
  • The NEC
  • The O2
  • Voyage Control
  • Yorkshire Event Centre
  • William Reed Events & Exhibitions

Who is going this year?

2017 attendees

  • Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) 
  • ACC Liverpool
  • AEO
  • Bournemouth International Centre
  • Business Design Centre
  • ESSA
  • Event Industry News
  • ExCeL London
  • Exhibition News
  • Exhibition Traffic
  • Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • Freeman
  • Glasgow.gov
  • Hamburg Messe Und Congress GmbH
  • Harrogate Convention Centre
  • LiveBuzz 
  • Manchester Central


  • Mash Media
  • Messe Frankfurt GmbH
  • National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
  • Olympia London
  • QEII Centre
  • Ricoh Arena
  • Scottish Event Campus (SEC)
  • TF Connect
  • The Crystal 
  • The East of England Arena and Events Centre
  • The International Centre, Telford
  • The O2
  • Titanic Exhibition Centre
  • Ungerboeck Software International
  • Upper Street Events
  • William Reed Events & Exhibitions
  • Yorkshire Event Centre

 2017 delegates

  • Steven Daun, Sales Manger, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)
  • Julia Shelley, Event Manager, Conferences & Exhibitions, ACC Liverpool
  • Amy King, Senior Exhibition Sales Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • Kerry Quinn, Directors of Events & Operations, ACC Liverpool
  • Krystle Davis, Business Development Manager, AEO
  • Chris Skeith, CEO, AEO
  • Paul Byrom, Consultant to Industry, AEO Chair
  • Hayley Ryan, Sales Executive, Bournemouth International Centre
  • Nicola Coney, Senior Event Coordinator, Bournemouth International Centre
  • Sarah Stainer, Conference and Exhibitions Manager, Bournemouth International Centre
  • Emma Clarke, Venue Sales Manager, Business Design Centre
  • Natalie Prew, Venue Services Manager, Business Design Centre
  • Hayley Constable, Venue Services Manager, Business Design Centre
  • Kate Simpson, Head of Conference & Digital Operations, Business Design Centre
  • Margery Youngs, Director of Finance, EIA
  • Adam Parry, Editor, EIN
  • Simon Perry, Sales & Account Manager, ESSA
  • Gerry Kilsby, Managing Director, Exhibition Traffic
  • Tony Hawkins, Events Support, Exhibition Traffic
  • Kevin Murphy, Chairman, ExCeL London
  • Paul Tuckey, IT Manager, ExCeL London
  • Catherine Bush, Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Rachel Allen, Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Darren Jordan, Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Faye Sumner, Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Rebecca Lighten, Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Amy Chong, Venue Retail Manager, ExCeL London
  • Natalia Montoya, Retail & Catering Coordinator, ExCeL London
  • Phil Wetz, Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • James Campion, Head of Exhibition Sales, ExCeL London
  • Ian Senior, Account Manager - Exhibitions, ExCeL London
  • Nick Coffey, Account Manager - Exhibitions, ExCeL London
  • Jeremy Rees, Executive Director, ExCeL London
  • Julia Galbraith, Marketing Manager, ExCeL London
  • Tom Edwards, Senior Event Manager, ExCeL London
  • Nicola MacDonald, Reporter, Exhibition News
  • Andy Coulson, Head of Airshow Operations, Farnborough International Ltd
  • Michael Watton, Venue Director, Farnborough International Ltd
  • Jenna Mosimann, CEO, Food for the Brain
  • Greg Cherry, Business Development Director, Freeman
  • Chris Preston, Managing Director, Freeman
  • Anthony Floreano, Senior Vice President, Freeman
  • Cathy Chapman, Senior Technology Manager, Glasgow.gov
  • Florian Muenzmay, Head of Sales Guest Events, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
  • Darren Harris, Event Manager, Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Deborah Yates, Event Manager, Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Brian Dobson, Head of Sales and Events, Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Chris Hartley, Commercial Director, LiveBuzz Ltd
  • Katie Clarke, Quality and Compliance Manager, Manchester Central
  • Shaun Hinds, Chief Executive, Manchester Central
  • Sarah Bickerton, Assistant Director of Events, Manchester Central
  • Paul Colston, Managing Editor, Mash Media Conference News
  • Axel Nissler, Director Partner & Guest Trade Shows, Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH
  • Amir Vered, Head of eForce & IT, Olympia London
  • Nigel Nathan, Managing Director, Olympia London
  • Sian Richards, Business Services & Sustainability Manager, Olympia London
  • Neil Davis, Head of Events, Olympia London
  • Abbey Short, Catering Manager, Olympia London
  • Stuart Tomlinson, Assistant Director - Operations, Olympia London
  • Jazmin Beale, Head of Marketing & Comms, Olympia London
  • Chris Morrison, Director of Facilities, Olympia London
  • Paul Brough, Group Health and Safety Manager, Olympia London


  • Stephen Ward, Technical Manager, Olympia London
  • Brian Jones, Head of Facilities, Olympia London
  • James Morris, Manager ICT, QEII Centre
  • Anna Clover, Director of Venue Operations and Customer Experience, QEII Centre
  • Raj Pragji, HR Director, QEII Centre
  • Jason Dignam, Catering General Manager, QEII Taste by Leiths
  • Andy Gibb, Managing Director, Ricoh Arena
  • Maggie King, Marketing Manager, Ricoh Arena
  • Angela Smith, Business Development Manager, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Breda Cruickshank, Head of Exhibition Sales, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Marc Findlay, Marketing Manager, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Scott McIntyre, Team Manager - Customer Experience, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Jill Wadge, Team Manager - Conferences & Exhibitions, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Sandra Lynch, Head of Event Management, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Dan Thurlow, Director - Exhibitions, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Sammia Shakoor, Accountant, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • James Mumford, Systems Manager, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Priscilla Breaks, People and Project Executive, Scottish Event Campus Ltd (SEC)
  • Mike Frost, Recruitment Consultant, tfconnect
  • Chris Dillon, Head of Operations, The Crystal
  • Dean Rees, Business Development Manager, The East of England Arena and Events Centre
  • Mathew James, Group Marketing Manager, The International Centre, Telford
  • Alison Griffin, Sales & Marketing Director, The International Centre, Telford
  • Emma Bogan, Business Relationship Manager, The NEC
  • Liz Cawley, Account Manager, The NEC
  • Sandra Williams, Event Manager, The NEC
  • Hannah Jones, Account Executive, The NEC
  • Louise Cash, Account Manager, The NEC
  • Helaena Aston, Account Executive, The NEC
  • Rachel Davies, Business Development Manager, The NEC
  • David Gallagher, Senior Business Development Manager, The NEC
  • Jenny Wright, Business Development Executive, The NEC
  • Adrian Evans, Director - Conference and Live Events, The NEC
  • Matthew Yates, Market Research Analyst, The NEC
  • Francesca Rigby, Marketing Analyst, The NEC
  • Murray Dickson, Head of Business Engagement, Group IT, The NEC
  • Simon Wigley, Head of Research & CRM, The NEC
  • Paul Bate, General Manager - NEC Catering, The NEC
  • John Dukes, Senior Catering Operations Manager, The NEC
  • Katy Barden, Head of PR & Communications, The NEC
  • Michelle Baldwin, Senior Event Manager, The NEC
  • Allan Boyle, Director of Event Services, The NEC
  • Linda Ritchie, NEC Venue General Manager, The NEC
  • Jayne Harman Jones, Event Manager, The NEC
  • Charlotte Careswell, Senior Account Manager, The NEC
  • Kara Pridmore, Event Manager, The NEC
  • Sonya Cox, Account Manager, The NEC
  • Catherine Penny, Senior Account Manager, The NEC
  • Richard Mann, Market Development Director, The NEC
  • Gemma Piggott, Marketing Manager - B2B, The NEC
  • Martin Clarke, Marketing Director, The NEC
  • Jane Stenson, Sales & Customer Support Director, The NEC
  • Ian Taylor, Venue Sales Director, The NEC
  • Sharna Gilbert, Commercial Research Manager, The NEC
  • Kathryn James, Managing Director Group Conventions & Exhibitions, The NEC
  • Steve Sayer, Commercial Director, The O2
  • Andrew Boomer, Venue Manager, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Sophie Chevalier, Account Manager, Ungerboeck Software International
  • Andrew Reed, MD Events & Exhibitions, William Reed Events & Exhibitions
  • Richard Moorhouse, Venue Manager, Yorkshire Event Centre

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