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AEO People's Award

Gemma Bristow

Gemma Bristow

Senior Marketing Manager - Conventions and Exhibitions, NEC Group
Gem Bristow is the Senior Marketing Manager for Conventions and Exhibitions at the NEC Group, responsible for delivering key initiatives that drive revenue growth, increase brand awareness and enhance customer experience for the NEC, the ICC and the Vox in Birmingham. Gem is an award-winning marketer with a proven track record in creating and delivering campaigns that maximise cut-through and engagement. With over 17 years' experience, Gem began her career at 18 at an advertising agency, and joined the exciting world of events 8 years ago. 


  • 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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