The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has appointed Olympia London CEO Julie Driscoll to its board.

Driscoll, who has previously served on the boards of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Event Industry Alliance (EIA), was appointed CEO of ASM Global-operated Olympia in November last year.

Prior to Olympia, Driscoll was the divisional managing director for retail, manufacturing and engineering at Hyve Group plc where she was also the AEO chair and board member of the Events Industry Alliance (EIA). Driscoll has worked on brands such as Spring and Autumn Fair, Pure London, Breakbulk and Cwieme.

Driscoll said, “As the new chief executive officer of Olympia London, it is an honour to represent our award-winning venue which is now part of ASM Global. A key pillar of our ESG programme ‘The Grand Plan’ is to deepen our community engagement. I look forward to learning from my fellow AEV Board members whilst concurrently sharing the best practice I have learned from my previous experiences. The AEV is a vibrant, innovative and dynamic community which I am thrilled to be part of.”

AEV director Rachel Parker said, “The combined skills and experience of our board members is instrumental in setting strategic direction for our association. Julie is acknowledged as a leader in change management, spurring growth and driving expansion. Her appointment will make the AEV Board an even stronger force for good in the venue sector and the wider event industry community.”