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Working towards our mission

James Sutton, CEO, BIFM
James Sutton, CEO, BIFM

3 December 2015 | James Sutton

Reflecting on the activities, achievements and challenges of this year we’ve made strides forward in many areas and continue to lay the foundations to achieve even more over the coming years.

Our mission, our purpose – The professional body responsible for promoting excellence in FM for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Our efforts are focused around four deliberately long-term strategic aims.

To be the first choice development partner for individuals and organisations – this is fundamental and core to our offering, to provide the development opportunities and clear progression pathway for FM professionals to plot and manage their career progression. Highlights being the introduction of a new online study option for qualifications (BIFM Direct) and in June celebrated the 1000th Certified (CBIFM) member. We’ve forged new relationships and grown existing partnerships with employers in how we support them in identifying skills gaps and putting in place talent development programmes to upskill employees.

To be the recognised authoritative voice of the profession – this year our collaboration with CIPD for the ‘The Workplace Conversation’ explored the evolution of the working environment which brought together FM and HR professionals to debate this shared issue. Working with partners including Barclays and i-FM, we published the FM Business Confidence Monitor, a model that we were quickly able to expand this research to the Middle East market. Our annual Sustainability in FM research is now in its ninth year and our ThinkFM conference focused on how FM can deliver competitive advantage for business, which struck a powerful chord with the audience. Our Awards were reshaped and themed to focus on Impact, Innovation, People drawing entries from across the profession demonstrating the value of FM to business, the economy and society.  

These are highlights of just two of our strategic aims, but indicate some of the ways we are evolving. 

As you may have already seen I am set to leave BIFM next year, but not until a successor has been appointed. The role of CEO is now being advertised, the appointments committee is in place, and the ambition is to have the new CEO in place by next year’s AGM. Full details of the announcement, our interview in the last FM World and the recruitment process at www.bifm.org.uk/recruitment 

I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and the strategic development areas we have set in motion and are working hard to achieve, and truly feel we are at a critical point in the Institute’s evolution and I will continue to work hard with our staff team and volunteer network to achieve these goals. 

Thank you; this Institute is strengthened by a vibrant membership and volunteer community; your contribution and commitment to FM profession is what makes it all possible.   

James Sutton is CEO at BIFM