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AEO Awards

Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker

Director of Operations & Production, Immediate Live

After graduating in Modern Languages, Sophie started her events career at Consumer Exhibitions working on the BBC Good Food Shows. She subsequently launched the Good Food & Wine Shows in Australia and was also seconded to Food Network to launch the Great Big Food Shows in the US.

With over 25 years’ experience in marketing, editorial and operational management across multiple portfolios, her focus within the senior leadership team now sits with sustainability and NBD.

Sophie was part of the management buy out of River Street Events from BBC Haymarket Exhibitions in 2013 and remains a RSE Board Director after its acquisition by Immediate Media in 2020.


  • 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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