Pre-launch of the Institute of Event Management at TMS

The Institute of Event Management (IEM), which aims to help revolutionise professional standards across the global meetings and events industry, will enjoy a pre-launch at The Meetings Show (TMS) taking place at Olympia, London, from 8 to 10 July.

The IEM’s Executive Board Chair Susan Spibey is conducting ’Meet the Expert’ sessions on all three show days to present The Route to Professional Recognition for Event Managers.

IEM features in the Britain for Events Manifesto, commands Legal Entity status at Companies House and has Government approval for revised National Occupational Standards.

“The Institute’s Executive Board includes senior executives from the university sector, major conference and exhibition venues, professional organisations and leading PCO companies,” said Spibey. “Our manifesto embraces new dimensions in professional recognition with the IEM Quality Mark featuring qualifications to demonstrate and benchmark competence thanks to accreditation, experiential and front-line learning helping employers and their staff alike.

“Lifelong learning opportunities will prove key to assisting personal development and enhanced career pathways. We intend to open up an ambitious spectrum of information resources, signposting and knowledge sharing,” Spibey added.

“Longer-term aims include establishing a portfolio of awards and bursaries, creating a publications library, setting up recruitment and support services, plus research fellowships.”

The IEM is already working in partnership with organisations including People1st, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) , the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CPID), the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Work is now being undertaken to develop the route to qualifications via accreditation, experience and on the job learning.

Plans have been drawn up to create 100 Founding Fellows to help fund the IEM’s set up, in tandem with industry support, which the Institute says will be crucial to its early development – in turn providing solid foundations for expansion internationally.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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