Michael Hoare accepts Institute of Association Management role at AGM.

National Association of Goldsmiths’ (NAG) chief executive Michael Hoare has accepted an honorary role as Institute of Association Management (IofM) president at this year’s AGM.

The IofAM is an independent professional body for chief executives and senior managers of trade organisations, and other representative bodies, which seeks to develop and promote best practice through the dissemination of information and research.


Hoare’s role will be to oversee the networking and workshop activities of the IofM’s 200 members over the upcoming year.

Hoare said: “Things have changed a lot since I took up my first role with a trade association some twenty years ago; now trade association management is viewed as a profession with a distinct set of skills.”

Hoare thanked his predecessor, Association of Master Saddlers chief executive Hazel Morley, and complemented her on overseeing the transition to a new management company and the appointment of new chief executive Paul Neal, before stating his objectives for the year to come.

Hoare said the 2010-2011 main objectives would include a short period of consolidation during which communications with the Association community would be addressed. The purpose of this will be to increase membership and provide further development of the IofM’s training work.