When AIEA was founded in 2013, the world was a different place.
We identified that the unique group of people that were the Interim Managers, some called them Freelances, had different needs to the everyday Australian executive. The association structure that we developed was very similar 2 existing associations, such as AICD and CPA, but with some unique differences designed to cater expressly for the membership.
We realised that, because the interim managers mostly worked from home instead of the communal office, They had a desire to mingle with each other. Each month, we had regular breakfast, lunch or coffee meetings where the members could meet and socialise with their peers.
We also instituted a facility to offer online education and training that was of particular interest to the members. We also had a regular programme of guest speakers who would provide talks on pertinent topics. These good speakers were usually members themselves.
The members told us but one of the main concerns was finding their next assignment. To assist with this, we ran a small jobs board where people, members or others, could post jobs.
Then along came Covid and the business world changed. Before March 2020, we were the only ones working from home. Now it is common.
Post-Covid, we have restructured and streamlined the association to better meet the needs of the members and of the businesses, mostly small businesses, that need them. We offer a specific focused introduction service to recruitment agencies and small businesses they have a specific need for our member’s expertise. This service is free to our members and we charge a small fee to the employers.