WINNERS REVEALED AT THE AEO PEOPLE’S AWARDS 2024
The second AEO People’s Awards in association with Aztec Event Services & Whitespace Group attracted 270 attendees to the Business Design Centre on the 26th of January, as the event welcomed finalists from marketing, ops, sales, content and support functions and their teams.
The event was hosted by Finlay Christie, who has appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2), The BBC New Comedy Awards, Get Off My Phone! (Dave) and Jokes Only An AI Can Tell (Channel 4). He has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival and across Europe for the Comedy Store.
His first script “Born to Rule” was optioned by Shane Allen of Boffola Pictures. The pilot starred Miles Jupp and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of AEO says: ““The atmosphere for the second edition of the AEO People’s Awards surpassed our expectations, with a remarkable surge in both entries and attendees. Recognising the diverse talent, and future leaders, alongside the unsung heroes at the heart of our industry is not only fitting but essential.
It was incredibly rewarding to see so many new faces, who have chosen our brilliant industry to forge their careers, and to hear of their incredible successes so far on their journey.
Finlay masterfully captured the mood in the room.
A huge thank you to every supporter who contributed to bringing the event to life, with kudos to the judges, sponsors, partners, and, of course, the dedicated AEO team. It was an extraordinary effort.
This year, we introduced a sit-down meal, a dance floor, a sophisticated dress code, and captured the winners on video to enhance the experience. We hope our attendees enjoyed it as much as we did.”
To view the gallery from the day, click here: https://jonnydonovanphotography.pixieset.com/aeopeoplesawards2024/
To view the winners’ pictures and categories, click here: https://www.aeopeoplesawards.org.uk/aeo-peoples-awards-winners-2024
Judges’ comments – while all comments have not been included, a few have been highlighted below.
SUPPORT TEAM STAR PLAYER
Kim Towner Nineteen Group
Ability to communicate finance to non-finance team members is a skill! Event Directors valuing her input on commercial decisions is an indicator of the value she brings to the business.
SENIOR SUPPORT TEAM STAR PLAYER
Ruth Greenwood Nineteen Group
"Every business needs a Ruth”. She is a shining endorsement of her skills, attributes, and contribution to the business.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Caren Johnstone Easyfairs
Her dedication and professionalism, coupled with an insightful coaching style, make her a standout candidate for the Newcomer of the Year award.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - MARKETING
Eloise Francis Nineteen Group
Eloise has shown that passion, enthusiasm, and a willingness to take a chance really does pay off. Her marketing flex and approach has seen some very impressive results and she has clearly made a big impact within the Nineteen Group team.
OPS EXEC OF THE YEAR
Thao Vu dmg events
The judges said Thao has clearly demonstrated impressive results on budgets, negotiation and organisation - confidently dealing with difficult tasks and giving strong results.
OPS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Helen Ericson Crain Communications
The judges commented that Helen has an outstanding work ethic and commitment to the business and her team, making positive changes.
SENIOR OPS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Louise O'Connell CloserStill Media
Louise is clearly loved and backed by her clients and colleagues, she does an outstanding job and has done so for a number of years, working tirelessly to improve the customer experience whilst reducing costs.
SALES EXEC OF THE YEAR
Louis Gilbert Montgomery Group
Louis has showcased an affinity for sales through his strong onsite rebook and subsequent achievement of 145% of his event target, months ahead of schedule. His unwavering desire to continually learn and develop is evident and should be celebrated!
SALES MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Cassius Anderson Informa Markets
The judges commented on the remarkable set of achievements, and a great testament to Cass's work ethic, attitude, and personality.
SENIOR SALES MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Edwige Ferrao Easyfairs
Edwige has a positive attitude and has made impressive progress on commercial targets, and exhibitor/visitor satisfaction. A brilliant sales professional who understands their show floor well.
MARKETING EXEC OF THE YEAR
Alfie Booth CloserStill Media
Alfie sounds like a fantastic team member who gets great results and has a strong work ethic demonstrating creativity and resilience.
SENIOR MARKETING EXEC OF THE YEAR
Joshua DeMoss dmg events
The judges praised the entry with fantastic testimonials demonstrating an outstanding and passionate event professional. hardworking, committed, and creative are fantastic qualities.
MARKETING MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Aimee Moore Easyfairs
The judges praised Aimee’s ambitious personal contributions which have resulted in fantastic achievements for the team. Well done!
SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Ramya Jawahar Informa
Clear stand-out winner - a great summary of everything achieved as well as her attributes and ambitions to reach these impressive results.
CONTENT EXEC OF THE YEAR
Evie Bullivant Clarion Events
Well done Evie - focused on exceptional delivery for all stakeholders, needing very little instruction, whilst, taking tasks given to her, in her stride.
CONTENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Agnes Jacobs CloserStill Media
A CLEAR ability to deliver excellent, well planned conference programmes in short timelines. forward-thinking and supportive to all stakeholders, overcoming challenges and remaining calm under pressure.
Ruth Greenwood Nineteen Group
Ruth sounds like a dynamo. What a selection of testimonials from individuals with exceptionally high standards - and some good humour :). I am sure we all wish we had a Ruth in the business.