Association of Event Organisers gear up for Windsor conference

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Sameena Ali Khan is set to chair the conference Sameena Ali Khan is set to chair the conference

This year's Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Conference is heading to Windsor. Taking place on 5-6 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, the theme of this year’s event is “Live – Survive or Thrive?”

Chaired by ITV newsreader Sameena Ali Khan, the conference will start with an interactive keynote from Neil Laughton, an entrepreneur and adventurer who climbed Mount Everest with television star Bear Grylls.

Chris Skeith, chief executive of the AEO, said: “There’s been a lot of change again in the industry over the past year so, with the content at the conference, we wanted to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the industry. In addition, we’ll look at the challenges and opportunities the industry is encountering such as diversity, the changing face of the customer and venues of the future. Sessions will also focus on the risks that business leaders have to take, how overcoming mistakes can make organisations more resilient and how, when it comes to launching a new event, opportunity spotting has become an art form."

The headline sponsors of this year’s AEO Conference are Freeman, Hiscox and RAI Amsterdam.

Chris Preston, MD of Freeman in EMEA, said: "We are thrilled to be a headline sponsor of the AEO conference again this year. The conference is an industry event not to be missed and a key event in our diaries. It provides us with the perfect environment to share innovative work that pushes the boundaries of our dynamic industry. I am looking forward to meeting with other leaders in the events world to learn, to network, and to be inspired."

Lee Morgan-Jones, event underwriter at Hiscox Event Insurance, said: “Hiscox are delighted to return as headline sponsors of the AEO Conference. The conference is certainly a great chance for the industry to meet and discuss important issues that affect us all. In these challenging times this year’s theme resonates well with us, as we aim to limit the downside for our customers, helping them mitigate their risks and enabling them to thrive and do what they do best.”

Skeith added: “Anyone who’s attended the AEO Conference before knows that it’s not just about learning, there is a healthy slice of fun on the agenda too. We make sure there’s some downtime for catching up with peers, making new contacts and building not just business relationships, but friendships too.”

The early bird deadline for AEO Conference tickets is Friday 28th June. For further information visit Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Conference

Paul Harvey
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Paul Harvey
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.

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