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AEV announces 2021 conference date, venue and keynote address

by Joe Gallop

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced that it will be holding its annual conference at the Business Design Centre (BDC), London, on 26 November, with the theme ‘Disruption: the new norm.’

Max Bull, executive director of venue sales, BDC and chair of the AEV board, will welcome delegates to a full conference programme which will include the keynote address by Chris Paton, MD Quirk Solutions.

Paton will open the conference exploring the unchartered territory of disruption. Paton is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines and advisor to the Cabinet and National Security Council on the Afghan strategy.

The conference will also feature panel sessions discussing sustainability — the race to net zero and recruiting and retaining talent in a post-pandemic world. Solo sessions will explore the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and an update surrounding Protect Duty.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, said: “The last 18 months have sorely tested venues, and we need to find different ways of operating in an evolving environment. Our conference aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and inspiration to not only deal with disruption and uncertainty but to embrace it as part of their strategy. As our first full conference since July 2019, this year will also be an opportunity for all our members to meet each other in person again, something I know many are looking forward to.”

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