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Volunteering with the IAM

Volunteers are at the heart of everything the IAM does. Many of the products and services that we offer would not exist without the support of volunteers during planning, development, and implementation stages.

We have an ambitious strategic plan, which outlines how we will support our members, help organisations enhance their asset management capabilities, grow our knowledge base, and develop the IAM and its global reach over the next three years. We need your help to make it happen!


What’s in it for me?

Becoming a volunteer offers a number of benefits, both for your career and your health and wellbeing!

Volunteering with the IAM is a great way to expand your networks within the asset management community. Work with other professionals from all sectors across the discipline and develop new skills to enhance your career. Whether it’s joining an IAM Committee or submitting case studies and articles, we’ve got something for everyone.

The health benefits of volunteering are well documented. They include improved mental health, an increased sense of purpose and greater self-confidence.


How do I volunteer?

Our current volunteering opportunities are listed in the directory below. Read through the various opportunities, and once you find the perfect one (or more) for you, complete the expression of interest form, which includes a simple self-assessment of your asset management experience. Once we have received your completed form, the project lead will contact you to discuss and agree your participation.

If you don’t see the opportunity that’s right for you, you can still complete the expression of interest form and select “Other”. We will hold your details on file, and as new opportunities arise, we will contact you with more information.

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Select a type of volunteering opportunity to learn more about it and find out what's currently available.

IAM Committees are groups of volunteers that help to shape the organisation. Our committees tend to meet once each quarter for around 2 hours. Volunteer involvement between meetings is variable and is not compulsory.

Membership of our committees is usually open to members of the IAM only.
Examples of current committees include:
• Membership Committee
• Qualifications, Training and Professional Development Committee
• NxtGen Committee

Long-running groups are generally created to support the delivery of ongoing IAM objectives or larger projects. The time commitment for such groups varies depending on the group and/or the stage of the project. The frequency of meetings and the time commitment expected of volunteers will typically increase around key points of delivery.

Membership of long-running groups is usually open to members of the IAM only.
Examples of current long-running groups include:
• Knowledge and Leadership Group (KLG)
• Hot Topic Groups
• Assets Editorial Team

Short-run projects are an opportunity for volunteers to become involved in delivering the IAMs key objectives through short-term commitment to a project. Involvement is limited to a number of weeks or months, but may be demanding during this period, particularly close to deadlines for project delivery.

Involvement in short-run projects is often available to members and non-members, particularly when specialist input is needed.
Examples of current short-run projects include:
• Qualifications Recognition Scheme
• Company Recognition Scheme
• Volunteering and Mentoring working group


Current Opportunities

Our current opportunities are listed below. Once you have found one that you're interested in, please complete the expression of interest form and a member of the IAM team will be in touch to discuss it with you.

Bitesize Webinars

Bitesize webinars are short, 15 minute webinars designed to demonstrate asset management thinking and development using in-depth real-life examples and case studies.

The viewers should be able to see how asset management was implemented, what the challenges were, how they were overcome and what the benefits are - both those demonstrated to achieve buy-in and those actually realised.

If you have a case study to share we would love to hear from you.

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Event Working Group (IAM UK Chapter, North East Branch) 

We are starting to organise some new virtual local events on topics that showcase great asset management in our area. To help us do that we are looking for some volunteers to help us organise the sessions by setting up a North East IAM Branch event working group. The time contribution will not be demanding, likely to be once a month 45 minute calls and then some networking with members to generate about 4 virtual sessions per year.

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Committee member (IAM UK Chapter, Cumbria Branch)

IAM UK, Cumbria Branch are looking to restore activities of this branch. In the first instance there will be an opportunity to:

  • Gather a small team to help in the management of the Branch activities and collaborate with UK Chapter and wider IAM,
  • Organise events show casing best practice from local and national businesses,
  • Set a strategy and plan to align with the IAM and UK Chapter objectives.

If you are an IAM member in the area, please put yourself forward.

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SSG Project Team Members

Time requirements

SSG project team members will typically need to commit to 8-10 hours per month. The duration of project will depend on the current development position of the SSG and will range from 2 months to 18 months and possibly a little more for SSG 30: Competence Management.

Essential Criteria

To undertake this role, you will need:

  • To be a good team player.
  • Perseverance.
  • To be willing to learn.
  • To be willing to research topics/subjects.
  • Membership of the IAM (Associate, Member or Fellow).


The expertise required for this role is:

  • Understanding of Asset Management.
  • Familiarity with IAM Anatomy.
  • Desirable experience: Any current or past role within an asset management context (e.g. Asset Managers/ Asset Owners/ Trainers/ Educationalists/ Maintenance/ Operations/ HR etc.).
  • Desirable experience:  Experience in the SSG Subject matter. However, this is NOT essential. If you want to learn more about a particular Anatomy subject, please consider volunteering.


Current SSGs requiring more project team members

SSG 12: Asset Creation & Acquisition – volunteers from Europe/UK

SSG’s 9 & 18: Resource Strategy & Management – volunteers from all sectors and geographical locations

SSG 20: Fault and Incident Response – volunteers from all sectors and geographical locations

SSG 30: Competence Management – volunteers from all sectors and geographical locations

SSG 33: Sustainable Development – volunteers from outside the UK

SSG 35: Asset Management System Monitoring, Management Review, Audit & Assurance – volunteers from all sectors and geographical locations.

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SSG Peer Reviewers

Time requirements

SSG peer reviewers will typically need to commit to 1 – 3 days of actual reviewing time. This depends on how much time will be needed to allow for appropriate iterations and feedback discussions but shouldn’t exceed 5 days in total.

Essential Criteria

To undertake this role, you will need:

  • Good feedback skills.
  • Good communications skills
  • To maintain the integrity of the IAM and its processes.
  • Membership of the IAM (Member or Fellow).


The expertise required for this role is:

  • Understanding the relevant subject matter for the SSG requiring peer review.


Current SSGs requiring Peer Review:

SSG 4: Strategic Planning

SSGs 10 & 19: Shutdowns & Outage Strategy & Management

SSG 13: Systems Engineering

SSG 26: Procurement & Supply Chain Management

SSG 34: Management of Change

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IAM Canada and IAM USA Chapter Opportunities

IAM Canada and IAM USA would like to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved with their Chapter. There are a number of different opportunities available, so please email joe.mooney@usa.theiam.org and tell us how you would like to get involved.

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