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BIFM chairman bows out ahead of July

3 May 2012

BIFM Chairman Ian Broadbent has handed over responsibilities to Chairman elect Ismena Clout ahead of the official changeover date of 12 July, the BIFM has announced.

Broadbent has contributed an immense amount to the BIFM and its membership since the late 1990’s and in the past two years as its chairman during a time of economic difficulties.

He has also represented the BIFM and the profession to industry and on the wider international stage.

After completing the BIFM qualification, Broadbent went on to serve on the North East and West Branches of the North Region and became chair of the North Region in 2006

He joined the BIFM board in 2009 as deputy chair and played a vital role in the institute’s development for many years, a statement from the BIFM said.

In addition to committee roles, Broadbent has been involved in activities ranging from being an examiner to helping to review the institute’s approach to continuing professional development. In the 2006 BIFM Awards he was named FM of the Year.
Broadbent said the BIFM board has overseen a lot of change in the past two years which has taken up a significant amount of time and commitment.

“Following the chairing of my last board meeting recently and following a period of poor health, I felt it was a good time to pass on the reins several weeks early to newly elected Chairman Ismena Clout,” he said.

“This will allow me time to focus on my role at Hallmark, the farm, other business interests and, of course, my family. Being Chairman has been an amazing experience and I would like to thank colleagues and members of BIFM for all their help and support."
Clout thanked him for his hard work and enthusiasm over the past two years.

“We recognise that the past few months in particular have taken up a lot of his time and attention, so while we reluctantly accept his early departure, we do understand,” she said.

“Ian has steered the institute through some major changes and developments during his tenure and without his dedication we would not be in such a strong position now. I speak for all the board and staff when I say that we wish Ian all the very best for the future.
“Personally, I would like to thank Ian for all the encouragement he has given me and the advice that I will now put into practice in the role of chairman. As I’ve said before, Ian is going to be a hard act to follow.”