Connecting to LinkedIn...


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

Confederation (REC)


Articles similar to

Articles similar to