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Associations' group aims to double membership

New executive director Richard Taylor says it is a time of 'considerable change' for associations
22/02/2016

Pictured: Institution of Association Management executive director Richard Taylor

The new executive director of the Institution of Association Management has set his sights on doubling membership in the next two years.

Richard Taylor has been appointed to the role, and will also act as secretariat for the association which represents a membership of 150 UK associations and not for profit organisations.

He said: “This is a time of considerable change in the world of associations and professional bodies, with the advent of social media and higher expectations of members through more rapid communications and the growth of continuous professional development. 

“However, it should not be forgotten that the Institute has been serving members in various ways since 1933 and, despite two rebrands, still retains the same ethos and principles which the founders considered so important; namely, an emphasis on providing an opportunity for peer group professional development, alongside mutual support for senior managers in the sector, and for upholding principles of good governance in the workplace.”

Taylor wants to double the membership of the institute, which he says has a ‘unique proposition’ for its members. “We have some huge opportunities in front of us," he said. "But we have to grasp them. It’s about managing the fine balance between a traditional ethos of who we are, and embracing what’s new.”


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