Published: 23 Sep 2019

AEV Board appoints the NEC's Ian Taylor

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has welcomed the NEC's Ian Taylor to the board, following its AGM on 11 September.


Taylor who is Venue Sales Director - Conventions and Exhibitions, NEC Group responded to his appointment saying, “The AEV is a powerful voice, and I’m honoured to step forward and join the board, so I can contribute to the further development of this great industry.”

Kathryn James, Managing Director – Conventions and Exhibitions, NEC Group, stepped down after 12 years service as a board member, chair and treasurer.

AEV director Rachel Parker welcomed Taylor and fellow appointee Chris Hartley following the AGM, and thanked Kathryn James for her service to the association.

Parker said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Chris and Ian, who now join the board for the first time. I know that their wide experience and energy for the industry will be great assets for the association. I would also like to thank Kathryn James, on behalf of the whole association, for her long service as chair, treasurer and board member. Kathryn’s commitment to the industry, and to the association, is an example to us all.”




Dan Thurlow, AEV Chair and Director of Exhibition Sales, SEC, added: “Chris and Ian possess a huge amount of venue expertise at the highest level and we’re very fortunate to have them aboard. We will miss Kathryn’s detailed understanding of the event industry which has played a huge part in informing the association’s priorities and strategy. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank her for devoting so much of her time and energy to helping the AEV build a better, brighter future for the whole industry.”