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Keep In Touch


Keep in Touch

The Keep in Touch Portal has been designed to keep those members of our industry who have been made redundant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, connected with the AEO. The key focus of the Talent Working Group in 2021 is to attract, assess and retain talent, with the aim to provide the industry with a wealth of diverse, quality candidates that have chosen events as a first choice career.

At the AEO we know that our industry is only as strong as the amazing people who are part of it and we hope that you will use this portal to access content and resources and the jobs board to support you with recruitment, but ultimately to know that you are still connected to the AEO and your industry so we are all positioned and poised for when we come back stronger with a new skills and expertise to enable us to do so.

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AEO Member Resources

The Tech Hub host resources provided by the AEO Technology Working Group, including the Virtual Test & Learn Panels.
The Ops Hub provides best in class information to support ops professionals with resources that will help them help others.
The “heads up” mental health tool kit contains a variety of resources and advice, a library of links and case studies, and signposts to material for improving, maintaining and looking after the mental health of oneself and others.
Our training programme is steered by members and includes talks by experienced trainers for event execs and managers. The sessions have been developed to support and inspire the various industry functions that work together to deliver a successful event.

AEO Talks

The AEO Talks series will be split across various topic areas, including centenary interviews, diversity and inclusion and skills for tomorrow. All content will be driven by our working groups meaning the sessions are relevant, timely and delivered by the industry, for the industry. 

Ask the AEO Anything with Chloe Richardson and Chris Skeith

Diversity and Inclusion with Michael Adeniya and Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Operations Open Forum with ESSA                                                  

AEO International: Look East with Simon Foster

AEO International: Look West with Simon Foster

Change Management with Cheryl Busby and Jay Stone

The Marketer of Tomorrow               

The Ops Person of Tomorrow          

The Sales Person of Tomorrow

D&I with Michael Adeniya and Ashanti Bentil-Dhue Part 2

AEV Talks - Pilots and Events: Delivery and Impact                 

Sales Professionals Driving Client Confidence

EIA Talks: Diversity & Inclusion Beyond the Binary

Sales Leaders: Raising Sales Confidence

External Resources

The Hub Jobs


Job seekers can post their CV for free on The Hub Jobs, and AEO has partnered with The Hub Jobs to provide current AEO member companies with a discount to post jobs and access the CV library.

To post your CV click here

Virtual Events Institute


The Virtual Events Institute is a global platform to bring the community together to inspire, discuss and learn how to produce exceptional virtual and hybrid events. Through certification training, events, awards and market insight, the Virtual Events Institute is supporting event professionals to deliver excellence in virtual and hybrid events.

For an out of work discount, click the link below, and head to the 'Open for Work' tab

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New Model Army


esprecruitment and tfconnect have joined forces to lead an initiative to help event professionals whose jobs have been made redundant due to COVID-19, by providing a “one-stop-shop” of services.

We are hoping to offer the following services for the unemployed during the pandemic:

  • Outplacement webinars 
  • One-to-one support 
  • Job search toolkit 
  • CV review
  • Keeping in-touch and engaged with the events industry
  • Training
  • An online presence
  • Mental health podcasts

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The Ops Nest

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The Ops Nest is offering FOC places for 3 months, for operations professionals who have found themselves redundant as a result of the pandemic. They are also offering a FOC Masterclass of your choice, normally priced at £70.

Please contact to get started

The Ops Nest is the place for event professionals to connect, collaborate, and learn together. Offering learning opportunities, direct access to experts, networking, mentoring, and support on tap, Ops Nest membership includes;

  • CPD-accredited monthly masterclasses on topics such as electrics, rigging, and AV Peer-to-peer mentoring and weekly 'Let's Talk sessions with industry experts Quarterly Ops-Stacles;
  • outputs that enable members to brainstorm together on topics and challenges for the benefit of the wider industry Ops on Tour and regular meet-ups – virtually at the moment
  • Access to all Ops Nest resources and downloads, including a ‘Guide to the Guidance’ which advises on the measures you must put in place to open indoor events safely post Covid
  • A full library of previous Let's Talk sessions
  • Job board and tailored CV advice from our recruitment partner, Expocast

UK Events Professionals Redundancy Due to Corona LinkedIn Group


UK Event Professionals Redundancy due to Corona was created by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, in March 2020 at the beginning of the UK COVID 19 pandemic.

As of Dec 2020, it had over 1300 members and with a highly engaged community, the group is a way to meet and network in the UK events industry

This group is sponsored by

UK Event Professionals Redundancy due to Corona group was created for three reasons:

  1. Life is hard enough currently for those made redundant, lost their job/ work without feeling isolated and alone; hopefully you can find a place of great comfort and consolidation in this group sharing your worries and thoughts with others,
  2. For recruiters and businesses hiring that want to post a role, for a small donation to help support the group and keep it running.
  3. For those that wish to join to offer your expertise & advice to those that have been made redundant.

Visit the group

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Pledge by EventWell offers vital and immediate support to any event professional experiencing personal and financial hardship and is open to anyone working in creative communications, experiential marketing, live and business events, exhibition, hospitality and travel, in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Pledges are open to anyone in need and/or experiencing professional, personal and financial hardship to apply, with the aim of being as simple and accessible as possible. 

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We are Event Masters – where event marketing profs hang out!

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We are Event Masters is the only facebook group by eventprofs for eventprofs with marketing responsibility.  We’ll be sharing insights, tips, tricks, tech, how-tos and marketing masterclasses on all things event marketing.  If you’re currently out of work, it’s never been more important to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s new, what’s changing, what’s working and what’s not, in event marketing.  With the constant churn of social, new tech and new platforms you need to keep abreast of trends and developments and keep in touch with your peers.  Come and learn, be inspired, ask questions, get recommendations, inside information and quick wins.  Also look out for our monthly job vacancies opportunity – where marketers share their vacancies and freelancers or out of work marketeers can flag their availability.   

Come and join your tribe of event marketers at We are Event Masters.

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  • "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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