AEO - Association of event organisers




05 Nov 2019

The AEO has launched its AEO Forums, which will take place at BDC London on Friday 31st January 2020.

Having launched in 2006, the Forums continue to focus on delivering content and learning for middle of the building event professionals across key functions within organiser businesses.

The theme “Work smarter, not harder”, will take a look at the pressures event professionals face, help them build resilience and rethink their daily practice in a way that can maximise effectiveness and minimise stress sustainably.

Sessions will be tailored to the marketing, operations and sales functions, and focus on exercising greater efficiency in key areas such as, sustainability, technology, copywriting, cross-function working and more.

The programme kicks off with a keynote from, Nalan Emre, COO of IMEX Group – a company driven by one of its five goals to “work smarter, not harder”.

Emre will share how paramount this goal has been to achieve a top 10 rated sustainability show in the USA and what marketing, ops and sales professionals can learn from it.  

Chris Skeith, CEO at AEO says: “We’re very excited about how our next AEO Forums can help support event professionals in their roles. Our numerous working groups have identified their key challenges and helped craft a multi-stream programme to begin to address these.”

Skeith added; “Just like our members, we’re no strangers to working at pace, and while the industry is an exciting and hugely rewarding place to be,  more resource isn’t always a feasible option. We need to take a closer look at how we can work smarter and support our teams in building resilience and fresh approaches.”

Chris Clipston, managing director of headline sponsor Circdata, says: “We love the AEO Forums! It is such a good opportunity to catch up with the sales, operations and marketing teams who work tirelessly to improve their shows year on year. The agenda always offers a varied selection of sessions, and this year promises to be even better! We are delighted to return as a headline sponsor of the must-attend event in event professionals’ diaries. See you there!"

Garcia Newell, business development director, from headline sponsor Agility Fairs & Events, says: “The AEO Forums provides a perfect platform to start the New Year, with its mixture of thought-provoking content, networking opportunities, discussion and most of all tips to help strengthen your business. Agility is delighted to be headline sponsors of this premium industry event.”

The marketing stream will be chaired by Caitlin Read, communications director from Comexposium, the ops stream by Matt Wozniak, operations director from Telegraph Events and sales stream by Carly Walker, sales director from Forum Events.

The AEO Forums is open to AEO, AEV and ESSA members at a reduced ticket price of £212 + VAT.  The non-member rate to attend each Forum is £424 + VAT.

  • "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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