The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced that Graham Stephenson, chair of the board and chief operating officer at Business Design Centre (BDC), will be stepping down. Jeremy Rees, executive director of Excel London and vice chair of AEV, will succeed Stephenson as chair. Board member and director of exhibition sales at SECC, Dan Thurlow, will assume the duties of vice chair.
Stephenson said: “It has been a very positive and eventful year for the AEV, and I am very proud of what the board and the association have achieved in that time, including the great success of the associations’ first conference.”
Rees said: “Since being elected to the board in 2014, and to the position of vice chair last year, I’ve worked with my colleagues on the board to ensure our member venues’ needs are met by the association, through expanding the range of member benefits, developing the roles of the working groups and representing members at the regulatory and legislative level.”
“Having had the pleasure of working extensively with Jeremy as part of the AEV conference steering group, I’m looking forward to supporting him in the chair, and continuing our mission to deliver added value to our members and the wider events industry,” added Thurlow.