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A positive outlook

11 August 2014 

It is several weeks now since I spoke at our Annual General Meeting – my first ‘official’ engagement as the new chairman of BIFM.

Aside from a chance to offer my thoughts on where we want to take the institute, which you will have seen in a previous article (FM World, After a Passion, 17 July 2014), it was a real opportunity to take stock on what has been a really good year for BIFM.

The team was able to showcase the work undertaken throughout 2013, which has put us in a great position for the future. And we were even treated to some snippets of 2014 and beyond – the feedback on which has been resoundingly positive. 

Many of you will have heard me say that we’re on the cusp of something truly special at BIFM and the presentations that day only served to strengthen my opinion.

I think that this swell of positivity isn’t just contained within the institute; I feel that as a profession we’re seeing a much more positive outlook. 

We’ve known for some time now how important FM is, but I sense that others are beginning to share that opinion. Take our work with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for instance, where we have seen a fantastic response from senior HR professionals since we announced that the two institutes were going to be working together.

We’re also working closely with a number of other professional bodies who too see FM as having a central part in responding to some of the challenges they are facing. This can only serve to move FM up the leadership agenda, and that is good news. But we must ensure that we take our chance. There are many great examples of FM professionals who have made a real difference in their organisation. It is important that we follow their lead and seize this opportunity. We need to be bold as well as ensuring that we are speaking a common language. 

Plain speaking about how we are going to support objectives is vital.

This work also has a huge impact on the future of those coming into the industry. Facilities management is a 
really diverse and inclusive profession and the more visible we make FM within an organisation, the more opportunities we create for the FM leaders of tomorrow. 

The current surge in positivity is a significant milestone in the evolution of FM and we all have an opportunity to play our part and influence its future direction.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my two-year term and flying the flag for FM. 

It is a great profession and I am proud to be your chairman.

Julie Kortens is chairman at BIFM