ESSA and AEV confirm joint director

5th October 2010

Chris Skeith has been named as the joint director of Event Supplier & Services Association (ESSA) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

Mr Skeith, who is currently the director of the ESSA, will take on overall responsibility for the management of both associations.

The move comes after both agreed that a single director could help increase effectiveness, communications and value for money for members.

ESSA chair Steve Barratt said: "We are always mindful that the association has to deliver value to members and having a single director who can manage ESSA and be knowledgeable about issues facing the AEV will make us all more effective by bringing us closer together, whilst still maintaining the independence of each association."

The AEV's chair Graham Stephenson added that the move will free up resources in both organisations.

Currently, the ESSA shares a secretariat with the Association of Event Organisers and the AEV.