From the AIM CEO - November 2014
Asked to describe my first year as AIM Chief Executive Officer, I would say it has been challenging but rewarding as I have great confidence in the direction AIM is now heading. There has been a great deal of change as we’ve moved from a collective to an enterprise. This change brings with it numerous benefits, some of which we’ve already realised and others which will come to fruition in 2015.
The highlights for this year have come from right across the portfolio, from our traditional programs to many new initiatives which we will continue to grow into the future.
A clear highlight for me were the AIM Excellence Awards which were held on a national level for the first time in their 21-year history and we are proud to have unveiled a quartet of Australia’s best managers for 2014.
South Australian Peter George was named the inaugural National Manager of The Year after 12 months earlier being diagnosed with a terminal illness. His commitment to the principles of good leadership in his role at Employers Mutual embodies the spirit of these awards and we are proud to align ourselves with such a dedicated professional.
Peter was in good company with fellow South Australian Elaine Bensted of Zoos SA taking out the Not for Profit Manager of the Year, Victoria’s Finn Kelly from Wealth Enhancers winning the Young Manager of the Year and Michael Snare of ACT winning the Owner Manager of the Year category for his role at Point Project Management.
Our Outstanding Women’s Series of events were also a highlight as we welcomed a host of inspirational female leaders including Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Ms Gillard delivered an inspirational speech as the 100th speaker at the acclaimed series of events and we look forward to welcoming another great range of inspirational speakers to our events calendar in 2015.
Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne officially launched our revolutionary new Online MBA program at the South Australian Campus in October and we also launched our new Training Directory which features for the first time a harmonised list of short courses and qualifications that are available right across the country.
The re-launch of the AIM brand centred on the idea of “Realise Your Power” is currently underway and many of you will have noticed a greater presence for AIM at the moment. Coupled with this was the launch of the new, user-friendly and state-of-the-art national website that will be the first port of call for Members, stakeholders and the entire international audience to locate information about membership, courses, events and research.
The launch of our popular Mentoring program has seen us match over 70 mentors with mentees and the feedback to date has been overwhelming. We look forward to bringing our members more opportunities such as these to leverage and gain value from their membership in 2015.
At the start of this year, the executive team, together with the AIM Group Board set out to achieve 12 key objectives and milestones in 2014 to put AIM on track to deliver our three year strategic plan. We were ambitious but I am proud to say we have achieved all of our objectives and have started to communicate that to our members and stakeholders.
The best is yet to come and 2015 looks to be very exciting.
Daniel Musson FAIM
AIM Group Chief Executive Officer