Association of Event Venues appoints EC&O MD Nigel Nathan as Chair

The Association of Event Venues’ (AEV) members came together, 11 September, for the 2013 AEV AGM at Harrogate International Centre’s Queen’s Suite. Representatives from more than a quarter of the total association membership, and more than a third of UK members, attended the AGM.

At the AGM Nigel Nathan, MD of Earls Court and Olympia London, was appointed Chair of the AEV, succeeding Kathryn James, MD of The NEC in Birmingham.

The meeting also saw the election of new board member Emma Dagnes of Alexandra Palace and the appointing of co-opted members: Tom Gray of The Southwater Event Group, Dirk Pittaway of Manchester Central and, by rotation, the re-election of Kevin Murphy of Excel London, Simon Kent of Harrogate International Centre and Graz Kalenik of The Barbican.  

In his acceptance speech, Nathan expressed his thanks to James, who spent two years at the helm, and also thanked his fellow board members and secretariat for handing over the reins of the association. He added that he would seek to build on the association’s mission to provide leadership in the global event venue market, promoting world class standards from AEV member venues.

“This year’s AGM was a clear demonstration that the association is delivering what the members and Board have requested,” said AEV Director Chris Skeith. “We have been moving events and meetings around our member venues, doubling both the number of meetings and engagement, and again there was strong attendance at the AGM.

“We begin another year in a strong position in terms of finances, membership and our proposition as an association, which together with some new key focus areas identified in the strategy session are looking forward to moving the association onto another level in the year ahead.”

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Paul Colston

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