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The Association of Association Executives is the largest community of association executives in Europe and in the UK, and has members in many other countries, including Africa, India and the Middle East. It is the largest association community outside North America.

Members are from professional, scientific, learned, business and consumer-facing, associations, societies, federations, councils, chambers, and other membership organisations in all sectors.

Membership is free of charge, funded by sponsors. Under this model, no sponsors gain access to member data, groups, or member-only areas of the website.

This network, and membership is a service provided by The Networking Organisation Ltd.

Our purpose

To support association executives in the management and development of their organisations and the services, products and support they provide their members.

Our specific objectives are to:

  • Create a conducive environment for members in which the exchange of ideas and best practice will flourish
  • Actively development and spread best practice
  • Support members to sustain their organisations and to develop their products, services, and member value
  • Promote good commercial approaches to the management of associations
  • Continuously invest associations with knowledge

We invite association executives to: 

  • Belong
  • Connect
  • Do and Meet
  • Be recognised
  • Learn and Thrive
  • Get real value

Community History

 Year Activity 
Community founded as Association Resource
 2007 1st Associations, Societies & Federations Conference (ASIC)
 2009 ASIC develops into Associations Congress
 2012 - Community renamed Associations Network
 2013 1st International & European Associations Congress, in mainland Europe
  1st dedicated Associations Congress for UK national associations
 2014 1st Association Awards
 2015 1st International & European Association Awards
1st Associations World Congress
  Appointment of Head of Membership
  Community renamed the Association of Association Executives+
  Africa Associations Congress launched for 8/9 November 2016 
  + For three weeks this was temporarily announced as the "Society of Association Executives".

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The Association of Association Executives is a service from The Networking Organisation Ltd
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