About IMA UK

“Networking is the key to professional success and the most powerful skill you can use to advance your career.”

Elizabeth Wakeling, Chair, IMA UK

“Networking is the key to professional success and the most powerful skill you can use to advance your career.”

Elizabeth Wakeling, Chair, IMA UK

40+ years of Developing Excellence for Management Assistants

IMA UK is the UK arm of International Management Assistants (IMA), a member-led, not-for-profit professional PA network.

Independently run by member volunteers, we support members to boost their PA career through quality, interactive networking events, training and a host of other benefits.

Founded in 1974 as the European Association for Professional Secretaries (EAPS) by Sonia Vanular, the association was renamed in 1999 to European Management Assistants (EUMA). We became International Management Assistants in February 2017, to reflect the growth in our profession and the globalisation of the business world.

IMA Commitment

IMA is committed to supporting members develop senior-level skills and competencies as well as promoting the contribution and importance that PAs and support staff make to business.

IMA encourages administrative professionals to:

  • Debate and reflect on professional issues
  • Develop your professional knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Network with fellow professionals in the UK and worldwide
  • Focus on life-long learning
  • Promote the role of management assistant as a strategic business partner

Being a member of IMA enables you to belong to and connect with a strong international network of professionals. It provides opportunities for both personal and professional development, with an emphasis on the importance of lifelong learning.

IMA is represented in 25 countries worldwide and provides members with a unique opportunity to connect with international professionals.

Through us, members make an important contribution to educational and professional development programmes, enhancing the professional status of personal assistants and support staff.