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 30 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.
We take privacy, professional ethics and sustainability to heart – read our Privacy Policy Notice, Code of Conduct and Sustainability Guidelines.

  • 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 Web Coordinator, the Special Project Support and the Content Editor.
Please feel free to contact us both for positive and for constructive feedback and input.