Merger approved with overwhelming member support

Thursday 30 May 2013

A new chapter has been written into the annals of Australian Institute of Management – QLD & NT history when members overwhelmingly supported a merger with AIM NSW & ACT.

The members displayed their strong support for the historic merger at the Annual General Meeting held at Management House on Thursday 30 May 2013 in a unanimous vote.

The merger, which was nine months in the making, makes the new company named AIM QLD NSW ACT NT one of the most powerful membership-based entities in the country. It was the first step in a process that is aimed at uniting the remaining AIM divisions across Australia.

AIM QLD NSW ACT NT now has almost 10,000 personal members and 1500 corporate members. It will boast offices in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast plus regional councils across Queensland, News South Wales, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

AIM Chair Grant Dearlove FAIM said the merger represented a major milestone in the Institute’s 60-year illustrious history.

“Our vision is for better managers and better leaders for a better society,” Mr Dearlove said. “The synergies created will release resources to increase and expand investment into member services and managerial development across the expanded geographical footprint.

“It builds on the complementary strengths and rich history of our two great organisations while respecting and retaining the presence, footprint and unique strengths of each.”

The new eight-person Board will consist of four AIM QLD & NT directors – former Mackay Mayor and Queensland Trade Commissioner Julie Boyd FAIM; Youngcare founder and Queensland’s 2007 Australian of the Year, David Conry FAIM; Flinders Group Executive Director John Cotter FAIM; and senior lawyer and company director Grant Dearlove FAIM.

The AIM NSW & ACT Board representation will consist of Professor Emeritus Roger Collins AM FAIM, recently retired Chair of Grant Thornton Australia; equities analyst Anne Messenger FAIM; former Ernst & Young senior partner Chris Westworth FAIM; and Lifeline Canberra Chief Executive Officer Mike Zissler FAIM.

The AIM QLD NSW ACT NT Chair will be appointed when the Board conducts its first meeting in June.

AIM QLD NSW ACT NT will continue to function using its existing management structures and divisionally-based Chief Executive Officers.

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Grant Stockwell
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