Recently crowned editor of the year, Martin Read discusses industry awards and why, for him, readers' opinions are the true markers of success.
Deadlines and rescheduling meant that this year’s main IWFM conference sessions fell on our press day. Accordingly, commentary from that event will appear in our November edition, although you can also find our reporting now at www.facilitatemagazine.com.
Covid-19 also means the IWFM Awards ceremony following just two weeks after the conference. The Covid Response Award will add further energy to the 12th October awards ceremony. I’ve read the submissions and know that those stories are worthy of the publicity they’ll receive, showcasing all that’s best about this profession.
Which is where, if you can forgive me, I should mention this title’s own awards success. Last month I was named editor of the year by MemCom, the membership organisation for membership organisations. As IWFM’s membership title, Facilitate overcame competition from other excellent membership organisations including RIBA. It means consecutive awards for Facilitate; we were Best Magazine at the 2019 Association Excellence Awards.
“Awards are a (very welcome) snapshot of performance”
None of this would have happened without the work of my editorial colleagues Bradford Keen and Herpreet Kaur Grewal, our sub-editor Deborah Shrewsbury, newly wed designer Seija Tikkis-McPhail and all the other Redactive staff you’ll find listed on page 50. Nor would judges have picked out my work had it not benefited from IWFM support; its head office staff, our editorial board and the members whose energetic input keeps us on our toes, just as it should.
The nature of community communication continues to evolve. I know that you can never please everyone all of the time, and that awards are only ever a (very welcome) snapshot of performance at a point in time.
My job mirrors that of a workplace and facilities manager; to routinely evaluate how best to facilitate the performance of those we provide for. I’ll be redoubling our efforts to present the work of this sector so that you continue to glean the insight you need to inform your decision-making.
The pandemic means more tough times ahead for all of us. Creativity in adversity is key, and new ways of doing our job on Facilitate will be needed. I’m grateful for this award, but your opinion of what we do on your behalf will always be the true mark of our success.