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Counter-terrorism on the agenda at first Association of Event Venues conference


Pictured: AEV director Rachel Parker

A counter-terrorism expert will be among the speakers when the Association of Event Venues (AEV) holds its inaugural venues conference in London in June.

Taking place at the Business Design Centre on 2 June, the conference will address areas such as delegate safety, future technology and event venue catering.

AEV chair Graham Stephenson will open the conference before a keynote from Simon Hartley, the founder of elite performance coaching academy Be World Class, followed by a presentation by the Newham Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

After lunch, Murray Dickson, head of business relationships at Birmingham’s NEC, will address ‘Tomorrow’s Technology for Today’, while James Mark, executive director of ExCeL London discusses the role of food in venues.

Further talks from John Probyn, MD of NEC Live Productions, and Scottish Exhibition & Conference centre chairman Will Whitehorn focus on understanding the customer and how change can affect business and branding.

AEV director Rachel Parker said: “We are thrilled with the quality and range of speakers in the conference programme. I am sure that there is content here that will be of interest to many people working across the spectrum of venues, and to organisers and suppliers as well.”

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