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BIFM Chairman's update

28 January 2016 | Julie Kortens


In her first Chairman's update of 2016, Julie Kortens welcomes new members to the board and looks ahead to 2016 in facilities management.


The opening of the BIFM Facilities Management Awards each year is a great opportunity to gauge how far our profession has come. When I became chairman I had three central aspirations; celebrating the inclusivity of our profession, raising our profile and increasing our agility, ultimately growing our confidence as a profession.

We have come a long way over the past few years and the Awards now see categories focussed on the value that FM delivers to business every day and the impact it has on society and the environment. I have always been fiercely proud of our profession and I am so pleased to see how the language we use is increasingly more confident and strategically focused. Please do take time to look through the Award categories and how they might apply to you. See and how you might reposition the way you talk about your projects, services and functions to your stakeholders and showcase the value you deliver every day.

Another thing that makes each year start with a bang is the Women in FM conference, and this year was no exception, tackling topics on representation at the Board, the Living Wage and also showcasing inspirational stories of success. I mentioned earlier, inclusivity is a passion of mine, and FM is unique in the way it provides opportunities for all. I urge each of you to consider how you can promote equality of opportunity and representation in order to help us to continue to lead the way in this arena.

The BIFM Board is conscious of all the opportunities and challenges we face both as a profession and as an Institute, and we are focussed on balancing and prioritising to ensure the Institute’s resources and effort is focussed on the projects that will lead to long term change and benefit for all of us. In November, the Board asked that I stay on for a further year as Chairman which means my term now extends to July 2017 and I am delighted to have Steve Roots and Ashleigh Brown as Deputy Chairmen alongside our Board members; if you want to see who’s who, you can see details of the BIFM Board to the right.

As you know we are currently recruiting for our next CEO and I am pleased to confirm that an excellent range of experienced and highly qualified candidates applied for the role. We are currently in the final stages of interview and I am confident that we will find an excellent leader to join us and keep up the momentum of James Sutton’s leadership. More information to follow.


Julie Kortens is Chairman of the BIFM