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AEO People's Award

Alison Willis

Alison Willis

CEO - UK & Global, Easyfairs
Ali began her career over 20 years ago in exhibition sales working at Centaur, UBM & Ascential and is now Divisional Director at Easyfairs.  Like many event professionals, she has worked across numerous industries from technology to foodie festivals and aesthetic medicine.  Ali is also group chair of the AEO Development Board and is passionate about attracting and retaining talent to the resilient and dynamic exhibitions and event industry.  A mother to two young girls Ali is familiar with the constant juggle of work life balance and strives to be a positive role model for working Mums!


  • I think for us to actually champion the amazing people that work in this industry is to be hugely applauded and to be able to recognise the incredible talent that lives and breathes in our world is very important
    Lisa Tyson
    Deputy Managing Director, Aztec Event Services
  • It’s a great honour and an achievement to be nominated, shortlisted and even better to win one.
    Emma Barrett
    Managing Director, Broadway Events
  • I'm a CEO within the industry and it's my responsibility to support associations and talk to some of the new up and coming talent
    Mary Cole
    Owner & CEO, Skyline Whitespace
  • It feels absolutely amazing to be recognised for the work I’ve put in
    Melina Mavoungou
    Winner of Best Newcomer 2023


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