IMA - International Management Assistants

Your global professional network since 1974

We are a global and high quality network of management support professionals. Two of our main aims are the personal and professional development of our members and the continued evolution of the management support profession.

Our Association has been founded in 1974 as European Association for Professional Secretaries (EAPS) by Sonia Vanular. In 1999 the members decided to rename the Association to European Management Assistants (EUMA) and in 2016 to change to IMA - International Management Assistants, considering the huge changes of our profession and the business world and to get prepared for the future.

Our Association distinguishes itself from others with its international dimension. Our members have access to a professional network which encompasses a vast range of business cultures, languages and lifestyles, but also provides a place where everyone is on common ground in a safe and proactive environment. We are currently represented in more than 25 countries.
Our Association is a self-development organization with no political aims and no trade-union activities.
English is the official language of our Association.

Our Vision and Mission Statement

Be the leading international network of management support professionals

  • by providing high quality development training
  • by promoting knowledge sharing
  • by encouraging interaction among the members
  • by monitoring the development of our profession
  • by speaking up for the profession

How we work

We are a non-profit organization and registered in Paris, France. The business of the Association is run with the following governing bodies and supported by a secretarial service.

  • General Meeting

    Our members control the business of the Association annually in the General Meeting.

  • Council

    The Council is the consulting and policy making body of our Association and consists of the Executive Committee and the National Representatives of the member countries.

  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee is the executive body of the Association and is responsible for the efficient running of the Association. It consists of the Executive Chairman, the Executive Vice Chairman, the Executive Treasurer, the Executive PR Officer and the Association Secretary.

  • Central Secretariat

    Our secretarial services are executed by:
    MOS – Motivation Office Support
    PO Box 1058
    NL 3860 BB Nijkerk
    The Netherlands
    T: + 31 (0) 33 247 34 71
    F: + 31 (0) 33246 04 70

Executive Committee and supporting Functions

The Executive Committee consists of the Executive Chairman, the Executive Vice Chairman, the Executive Treasurer, the Executive PR Officer and the Association Secretary. They are at your disposal for any questions or information you may require.
The Executive Committee is supported by the proActive Editor, the Special Project Support and the Web-coordinator.
Please feel free to contact us both for positive and for constructive feedback and input.



Owning Your Professional Development as an Executive Assistant

by Julia Schmidt & Angela Parker

  A framework to help you take responsibility for your training strategy by Julia Schmidt and Angela Parker                                     IMA…  Read more


ProActive No 54 is out

Thank you Antwerp! IMA at Executive Secretary Live Mentor-Mentee Program Read proActive here.


A summary of the International Training Day 2017: Business Ethics, a matter of choice

By Greet Puttaert When we chose Business Ethics as the theme of our 20th International Training Day (ITD) and our Annual Conference this year, we did it on the basis of what we sense is becoming more and more essential in our business world. What is…  Read more


proActive Spring Edition 2017 is OUT!

Discover the new IMA look and feel in this festive edition of proActive. Filled with IMA Launch, Gamification and Business Ethics. Read more here.


IMA The new EUMA

by Nacho Rufín, associate of espluga+associates

"Finding a brand name is for us perhaps the most stressful part of the creation process. A good name is the key. One can compare assigning a name to a brand is almost like naming a child, it is forever...! For IMA (International Management Assistants)…  Read more


Message from the Founder

by Sonia Vanualar

In 1974 the European Association of Professional Secretaries (EAPS) was established in an explosion of European sentiment just after Britain joined the European Union.  At that time, forty-three years ago, the role of the perfect secretary was well-…  Read more


The Power of Association

by Lucy Brazier, CEO Marcham Publishing and Media Partner of our Association.

On 1 February, one of the oldest Associations for Assistants in the world, EUMA (European Management Assistants) changes its name and brand to IMA (International Management Assistants). And this year, the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals)…  Read more


Assistants - our future is IMA - International Management Assistants

by Julia Schmidt, National Chairman EUMA Norway

We are launching IMA - International Management Assistants on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. In Norway we will celebrate at Vinkjeller på Grand Café, Karl Johans gate 31, Oslo. If…  Read more

Join Us

Interested in becoming a member of this unique global professional network?
You will have access to:

  • an international professional and personal network
  • lifelong learning and self-development with custom-made training programmes, conferences and workshops
  • experience exchange with your peers from outside your own industry
  • the latest trends and development of our profession
  • the culture and business life in all the member countries

The membership fees are decided by the member countries. Please consult their webpages.

  • Personal Membership

    You are a management support professional working on management or executive level with the corresponding diploma or degree or with corresponding working experience in our profession, please apply here.

  • Corporate Membership

    In our network we also welcome companies we - as Management Support Professionals - usually work with (such as hotel chains, stationary suppliers, travel agencies, recruiting firms) and trainers, speakers, HR consultants, etc. in our network. Please apply here.

  • Code of Conduct

    As every organization, we have a set of principles to act in an honest and ethical way. Our members have to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Partner Associations

We have links to other associations of management support professionals.

We have links to other associations of management support professionals.


Association of Professional Secretaries in Portugal - Australian Institute of Office Professionals - National Association of Office Professionals in Russia - PlatinumPAClub United Arab Emirates - PAFSA Professional Association for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants