AEV board welcomes new chair and vice-chair

Jeremy Rees is to step down as chair of the AEV Board, and current vice chair Dan Thurlow will take his place.

The AEV board has appointed Dan Thurlow, director of exhibition sales, SEC as its new chair. Max Bull, executive director of venue sales, BDC will replace Thurlow as vice-chair. Jeremy Rees, chief executive, ExCeL London, steps down as chair.

The board also welcomes two new members, Brian Dobson, head of sales & events, Harrogate Convention Centre, joining the board in place of his colleague, Simon Kent, who is leaving after 7 years. Landsec PLC, which joined the AEV in March 2018, will be represented on the board by Clive Johnson, group head of health,safety and security.

Thurlow said: "I'm sure I speak for the whole board when I say we are tremendously grateful to Jeremy for his tenure as chair. Over the last two years under Jeremy's leadership, the AEV has helped venues draw inspiration from outside the industry more than ever, and helped create valuable networking opportunities allowing members to engage, share with and learn from their peers."

Rees added: "The AEV is a superb association, and it has been a privilege to chair the board guiding its development and growth over the last two years.

"Dan has been an indispensable vice-chair, and I look forward to seeing the new directions the board will take with his guidance. I'm particularly grateful to the AEV secretariat for their unstinting and largely unseen work throughout the year.

"They make the association run smoothly, bring new members into the fold, manage the many working groups and have made a huge success of our annual conferences."

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