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27 Sep 2023



The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is thrilled to announce the return of the AEO People's Awards for 2024 – an event dedicated to honoring the outstanding professionals who form the backbone of the event industry. This celebration of talent will take place on the evening of the 26th of January 2024 at the Business Design Centre.

In its second year, this ceremony is a platform that spotlights the unsung event heroes, from junior to middle management marketing, sales, ops, content, and support staff alike.  

Changes for 2024 include:

  • A new look website
  • A three-course meal
  • Formal dress code
  • Content producer categories
  • Exciting new activations to be announced in due course

Confirmed categories are as follows:

  • Support team star player
  • Best newcomer
  • Ops exec of the year
  • Ops manager of the year
  • Sales exec of the year
  • Sales manager of the year
  • Marketing exec of the year
  • Marketing manager of the year
  • Content exec of the year
  • Content manager of the year
  • Indomitable spirit

Nominees for these awards will be individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, creativity, and innovation within their respective roles.

Deadline for entries is the 30th of October 2023.

Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of AEO said: “We are over the moon to see the return of the AEO People’s Awards! This is an excellent opportunity for managers to recognise their star players. We also welcome nominations from teammates and peers.

One of the most important things to emphasize, is the robustness of our judging process which follows the same esteemed standards of the AEO Excellence Awards.  Based on feedback, the judging process has been further enhanced and entrants will be anonymised before passing to the judges. A panel of industry experts, including members of the AEO Board, Development Board, working group chairs, and senior event stakeholders, will independently evaluate the nominations. Being shortlisted for these awards is an achievement, and winning one is a testament to an individual's exceptional contribution.”

Lisa Tyson, deputy managing director of Aztec said: "At the heart of Aztec is an incredible team of event professionals, all of whom are pivotal to our continued success. This is why the People's Awards resonates so much with us, it provides a genuine platform from which we can celebrate these individual achievements and why we remain incredibly proud to be headline sponsors once again."

Laura Tythcott, sales and marketing director at Whitespace Group said: “For the second year running, Whitespace Group is thrilled to support the AEO Forums and People’s Awards.

As we move into 2024, one core principle remains at the forefront of our vision: the power of community. We firmly believe that we can achieve more working together, than by acting alone.

 Whitespace Group recognises that true progress is achieved through collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment where partnerships flourish and innovation thrives.

 The AEO supports our focus with their continued investment in community and creative development for organisers in the UK.”

The event welcomes nominations from across the organiser, venue, and supplier communities. Additionally, nominating peers and colleagues is free for members of AEO, AEV (Association of Event Venues), and ESSA (Event Supplier and Services Association), making it accessible to professionals throughout the industry.

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