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23 February 2019
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The BIFM’s Board of directors argue for the institute’s Manifesto for Change and the introduction of ‘workplace’ into the organisation’s identity.

Key Event

04 June 2018 | FM World team 


Stephen Roots 


“As chairman of BIFM, I can say that as a board we did not develop our Manifesto for Change without significant consideration. I am convinced that workplace provides a real opportunity for FM to raise its voice and its game. Our plans do not mean that we are turning away from FM, its value as a profession or BIFM’s heritage. It does mean recognising and exploring the potential combined value of workplace and FM, particularly in the knowledge economy.”

Linda Hausmanis


“I believe in professional development and in helping people reach their utmost potential in their careers, whatever their educational background. I am constantly reminded of the potential within the FM profession and I believe that going for chartered body status is an opportunity to raise the esteem of FM as a profession in its own right, which is good for those in the industry and will have a huge impact when we compete to attract tomorrow’s talent.”  

Ashleigh Brown

Deputy chair and non-executive director

“While there’s no doubt that FM has matured as a profession, I believe that including workplace will more appropriately reflect the high level of skills that employers are demanding to meet the challenges of data analysis, automation, human factors and the sheer interconnectedness of today’s organisations no matter where you work or what sector you work in.”   

Martin Bell

Non-executive director & Board representative on Audit & Risk Committee

“BIFM has a role in helping to reset expectations and maximising the impact we can have on our industry. Changing our terminology to include Workplace helps us to reposition how FMs can influence organisations, so we focus on how we can drive real value (e.g. through customer experiences) and to challenge the perception that FM is just an overhead cost.” 

Lucy Black

Non-executive director

“Recognition of FM, particularly in the knowledge economy, has not been strong. Meanwhile in recent times the concept of workplace has risen up the business agenda, with organisations – inspired by world-leading companies – beginning to see the value in rethinking their working environments and how this can affect organisational performance. 

I think this presents a serious opportunity for FM.”

Sue Hills

Non-executive director and Board representative on Constitution & Ethics Committee

“Members have said they want the Institute to change, so for me, this is a real opportunity to listen up, and step up, to refresh our brand, to drive forward our profession in this maturing and ever-evolving industry, while retaining our British heritage and our values.”

Keith Waterman

Deputy chair and co-opted non-executive director

“It’s good to recognise the importance of changing with the times. 

I see the proposed new direction as a way to further the opportunities of facilities managers and appeal to a new generation of workplace specialists without losing our proud heritage or underlying competence.” 

Paul Ash

Co-opted non-executive director

“I have a great personal interest in energy and so I value the skills FMs have in sustainability, but it’s just one area that they are responsible for. Facilities management is so much more than the sum of its parts and I see workplace as an opportunity to capitalise on our foundation in facilities management while demonstrating the breadth of our brief, being responsible not just for premises, but for people and our environment.” 

Lisa Hofen

Non-executive director

“You could debate whether FM is an aspect of Workplace or vice versa forever. But as someone who doesn’t operate in a standard office environment, I know workplace still resonates well with my stakeholders because it allows me to talk about performance and value generation for today’s knowledge workers. We can achieve uplift in our profession if we empower members to get the necessary skills of the workplace professional.”  

Michael Kenny

Non-executive director

“With the average age of BIFM learners at 39 and members at 50, the FM profession is missing out on an entire generation’s worth of talent. If we are to bridge the serious skills gap in our profession, then FM must be an attractive proposition to that talent. The manifesto proposals offer a way to tap into a generation of younger people who we think will understand and be motivated by the prospect of being responsible for providing and managing inspiring workplaces.” 

What’s happening

On 1 March, BIFM announced its ‘Manifesto for Change’.

1. At its AGM in Manchester on 5 July, the Board of BIFM will put forward a special resolution to change its name from BIFM to The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

2. Board members are pressing their case for change with any BIFM member keen to engage, and through its regional networks and special interest groups.

3. The Board has also announced its intent to seek chartered status for the institute. This will be pursued whether the vote for the change of institute name is endorsed or not.

4. Board members and HQ staff are attending as many member events as possible between now and the vote in order to listen to members and understand what they are saying. BIFM is also organising webinars to seek feedback from members unable to attend events.

5. You can learn more at www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/about/bifmchange or have your say at communications@bifm.org.uk