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Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker

Director, AEV

Rachel began her career at Montgomery Exhibitions, where she spent six years learning the role of an organiser within the Art Fairs team, and developing into an operations manager for a number of key exhibitions held at leading UK venues.

Crossing over into venue operations she joined Earls Court & Olympia in 1994 where, over 18 years, her career took her from Event Manager to Group Halls Director with responsibility for all customer facing and operational departments.

Following a short break, Rachel returned to the event industry, taking on the role of AEV Director, where she has developed member engagement opportunities for its members. These have included the launch of the AEV Conference, the Chairman’s Dinner, and the creation of new working groups that are the heartbeat of the association. Over the last two years Rachel has been at the fore front of government liaison representing the industry during the pandemic.

Throughout her career Rachel has deployed her strong administrative, inter-personal and commercial skills to great effect, also demonstrating expertise in budget preparation and control. Rachel is  an experienced and highly respected venue and event operator with a proven record of success within large scale facilities.

Two daughters and two dogs keep Rachel busy outside her career, as well as a husband working in the same industry. She is a keen skier, loves the sun, and cooking accompanied by a glass of wine!


  • The AEO Awards is great at bringing the community and the industry all together
    Carolyn Mason
    Director, Experience Staff
  • It is so much fun to have a day out with the industry and to just talk to everyone that loves it and is so passionate about it
    Nico Stanford
    Senior Sales Manager, Olympia London
  • I wanted to congratulate you both, and the wider AEO team, on such a fantastic awards ceremony last week. I have not attended the AEO Awards for several years, and perhaps I forgot just how much of a special day it is… it was incredibly well organised, and it was such a wonderful occasion.
    Ashley Roberts
    Managing Director, CONNECT
  • What a fantastic AEO Awards last Friday; such a buzz and a brilliant afternoon all round. Thank you all for putting on such a fabulous event. What Else Events will be back next year with an even stronger case. For now, being a Finalist is a major achievement in such a competitive category.
    Tim Else
    Founder & Managing Director, What Else Events
  • It was lovely to see you and the team and we had a fantastic night thank you! Everything looked incredible and it was a great event to be part of. Thank you
    Becky Oldham
    Marketing Manager, NEC Group


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