Interim Management Association appoints chairman
The Interim Management Association (IMA) (1), the industry body representing
leading UK interim management service providers, has elected a new chairman
- Simon Drake from Penna Executive Interim.
He will take up the post with immediate effect, and his first task will
involve running the body's upcoming AGM on 20th March. He takes over the
role from Jason Atkinson, managing director at Russam Interim, who held the
position for three years, and - during that time - managed a successful
re-brand and the launch of the IMA Approved Campaign.
Simon has been an active member on the IMA's executive committee for the
last three years, overseeing new memberships and special projects. This
included creating a specialist insurance offering for IMA members and
interim managers, and he has actively supported the IMA’s response to issues
such as IR35 and the conduct regulations consultation.
His election manifesto paid respect to the important work achieved to date,
but also highlighted the need to begin engaging more closely with a
'changing client community'.
His main focus will be to bring the IMA brand closer to the client or
Simon Drake commented: "I am delighted to have been elected as the new IMA
chairman. I believe the organisation now needs to strengthen the great work
it is already doing around informing and advising organisations that
regularly use interim managers of the value of working through an IMA
Approved member firm.
"When it comes to the procurement of interim management services, a portion
of the market appreciates that this is not the same as hiring a temp or a
contract resource. However, I would argue that there are still a large
number of organisations who still have not recognised this, and - as a
result - they fail to understand how to procure interim management services
with a best practice approach and don’t appreciate what & lsquo;good’ looks like
when it comes to interim management."
Simon will be supported by an executive team, who will cover off areas
including membership, research and affiliate partnerships.
Jason Atkinson, added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chairman of the
IMA, and am proud of the achievements that we have made in terms of
promoting the value of interim management to the public and private sectors.
"The time has come to hand over the reins, and I firmly believe that Simon
will do an excellent job in continuing to progress the organisation."
Tom Hadley, director of policy at the REC, commented: “This is a hugely
important time for the interim management sector to have a strong collective
voice to government and business. We look forward to working with Simon to
build on what has been achieved over the last few years in fighting our
corner on key policy issues such as IR35 and in actively promoting the
contribution of interim management providers to the UK economy and labour
(1) The IMA is a specialist sector group of the Recruitment and Employment