Trade Association Forum and Institute of Association Leadership join forces to develop new leadership programme and resources for trade associations.

The Institute of Association Leadership and the Trade Association Forum have announced that the two organisations will be merging.

The Institute of Association Leadership is the professional community for current and future chief executives and c-suite professionals who lead within the unique environment of the membership sector.

The Trade Association Forum is the leading representative body for associations in the UK, helping associations to engage, improve and lead their sectors.

The merger will see both organisations combine their resources to form a strengthened leadership and development offer for the association sector. 

The integration of resources and collaboration around the development of a new leadership programme will start with immediate effect. 

From January 2023, the Trade Association Forum will take full responsibility for the leadership and development programmes currently delivered by both organisations. 

Simon Forrester, Director of the Institute of Association Leadership said: 

“After careful consideration by the IAL Collective, we approached the Trade Association Forum to discuss how we can work together to further support those operating in or seeking an association leadership position. We quickly realised the natural home for association leaders is within a single, stronger body dedicated to best practice in this sphere. This merger of the two organisations will deliver significant benefit to both TAF and IAL members, and further promote the development of the Compass competency framework.”

Gaynor Pates, Chair of the Trade Association Forum said:

“The Trade Association Forum exists to support the development of best practice amongst associations to enable them to champion and support businesses across all sectors of the economy. 

“We are delighted that this merger with IAL will allow for the development of a new and strengthened programme for leaders and future leaders of trade associations. 

For more information contact: 

Emily Wallace

Chief Executive, Trade Association Forum

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