My name is Mal Walker and I am the Founder and Chairman of the Australasian Interim Executive Association.
I have been operating a boutique Executive Search company (GreyHair Alchemy) since 2002. My speciality was (and is) senior executives who would be prepared to undertake an interim role; such as a three-month contract or three days a week.
Over many coffee meetings, my candidates often expressed a desire to meet other interim managers. Eventually, this led to the formation of the Australasian Interim Executive Association in 2013.
What is AIEA?
AIEA is a professional organisation for interim executives that are recognised for their practical, hands-on skills and a broad understanding of the total business environment. It’s like AHRI and AICD, but for hands-on Executives and Managers and most AIEA members are also members of other professional bodies.
AIEA is an industry/business body formed to represent executives and managers that are recognised for their practical, hands-on skills and a broad understanding of the total business environment.
- Executives who want to meet and leverage off like-minded professionals
- Executives who want a collective voice to represent them to government and industry
- Executives who have a wealth of experience and don’t want to stop working
- Executives who don’t need retraining, just a contract or a Board position
- Executives who want their professional body to help them find their next paid assignment.
As a measure of their experience, 22% of our members are over 60, 19% are under 50 and the rest are in-between. They are right at the peak of their powers.
AIEA especially relates to executives who offer their services on an interim, contract, consultancy, FIFO or part-time basis, including NEDs.
Our primary focus is on helping AIEA members to find their next job. The AIEA-Jobs board delivers this. The candidates on AIEA-Jobs are exclusively AIEA members and posting a vacancy on the Job Board is available at no cost to business managers and recruiters who have a suitable role to fill. No recruitment fee to pay.
What I Like About My Job
By far, it is meeting and knowing the AIEA members. They are an extraordinary bunch of men and women who display their knowledge and expertise in so many ways. And it’s not just the members; the employers who are interested in harnessing their skills are generally of a similar level of professionalism.
My Biggest Challenge
AIEA is a unique entity, as professional institutes go, and we’ve had to trail-blaze in so many areas. We launched a free jobs board for the members in 2016 and my current challenge is finding ways to make the potential employers aware of the AIEA talent pool. Being free to members and to employers, it must be run without a marketing budget.
What I am most proud of at AIEA
Our members are Interim Managers, which means the mostly work from home when they are not on assignment. Being individuals, they appreciate the focus and identity that AIEA affords them. AIEA represents their interests in dealings with politicians, government authorities, employer groups and other business associations
Mal Walker firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 1800 394 247
For more information visit www.aiea.org.au.