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AEO Council appoints Carina Bauer as the new AEO Chair


AEO Council appoints Carina Bauer as the new AEO Chair

01 Sep 2021

The AEO Council has elected Carina Bauer, chief executive officer of IMEX Group, as the next Chair of the Association of Event Organisers.

The election, which took place at the AEO Council Meeting and AGM held on the 1st September 2021, also sees Julie Driscoll, managing director retail, fashion & digital marketing at Hyve Group Plc, become Vice Chair. Former Chair, Simon Parker will now assume the role of Past Chair for the forthcoming year.

Bauer says: “I am honoured to be stepping into the role of AEO Chair and following the exceptional leadership of both Simon Parker and Darren Johnson over the past 2 years. It has been an extraordinary time to be a part of the leadership of the AEO and the accomplishments of my predecessors, together with our CEO Chris Skeith OBE, have put the UK exhibition industry in the best possible place as we look towards recovery.

We know we still have much to achieve as we navigate the coming 12 months and I am looking forward to working closely with Chris and our outstanding AEO Board as we look confidently and positively towards the future.”

Parker says: “Whilst the last year has been an incredibly testing time for our industry I am convinced we are now positioned to push forward with purpose. I feel immensely privileged to have been Chair of the AEO and to have worked with such passionate and talented members. I would like to welcome both Carina as Chair and Julie as Vice Chair and leave safe in the knowledge that we have two amazing people to take the AEO through the next year and beyond.

I would like to extend a massive thank you to both Doug Emslie and Sarah Beall who will be stepping down from Council. Doug is a previous Chair and has served the Association tirelessly for many years and whilst Sarah has joined recently she has contributed greatly and we will miss them both.

Finally, I would like to thank Chris and his team as well as the membership – we have grown stronger over the last year and our influence has widened. Whilst we still have lots to do the contributions we have all made will ensure our amazing industry is appreciated and superbly positioned for great things in the future.”

Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of AEO, said: “I’d like to pass on a huge thank you to Simon for his exemplary chairing of the association through one of the most difficult times our industry has faced and his unwavering support of our work with the government on insurance, industry guidelines, pilots and so much more.

It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Carina, as AEO Chair. Carina's history of leadership, coupled with her depth of industry knowledge makes her perfect for the role. I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to ensure AEO makes a positive impact for its members and stakeholders across the board. If there's anything we've learned during the pandemic, it's that we're stronger together.”

The AEO also welcomes new board members Rachel Swann, finance director of dmg events and  Matthew Butler, executive director of CloserStill Media.

  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media




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