IAL and TAF to merge

Association news
Published on 22 June 2022

The Institute of Association Leadership (IAL) is going to be merging into Trade Association Forum (TAF) it has been decided, and a formal announcement has been sent to members. Both of these organisations are UK based, with the TAF solely UK focused, and the IAL with mostly UK members - although it had expanded its international membership last year. 

You may remember that the IAL was until three years ago the "Institute of Association Management". It then spent a brief time under the umbrella of another organisation, and then adapated to be a Community Interest Company for the last three years, with Consort consultancy and its head, as the driving force. Naturally Covid19 has had its toll on all organisations, and the IAL seems to be affected fatally.

The membership of the two organisations are very different in that the TAF has many more members and they are trade associations, when the IAL have much fewer members (apprximately 50) and most are from individual member organisations. There is substantial worry that individual association members will be lost among the trade associations.

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Damian Hutt FIEM
Damian Hutt FIEM

Association of Association Executives