By Iain Murray
July 10 2008
Now that I am in post and looking forward to being your chair for the next two years, I thought it was an appropriate time to let you know what I am up to. You will appreciate that in the run up to taking office I have been working hard in the background in preparation for my tenure.
Over the last few months I have been meeting with MPs in the House of Commons from both sides of the political divide to investigate the setting up of an all-party group for FM and I am pleased to report positive progress.
At a recent meeting with the principal sponsor MP we set out a timetable for achieving the 20-MP support we need to make this happen, and we already have around seven supporters signed up. The remaining 13 are all identified and we are progressing at the appropriate political pace to help them understand the benefits that such a group would bring. It will meet on a formal basis every two months and we would discuss and debate a pertinent issue for the FM industry with our parliamentary colleagues. The opportunity for us is that as business influencers operating across the UK and beyond we can lobby government on issues that are important to us. Submissions for lobbying subjects to me please.
Secondly I have been investigating the development of an apprenticeship in FM. Now before you get too excited I can tell you that this one is a complex and difficult task. It is not that there is resistance to the idea, it is just a complicated and lengthy process and there are many stakeholders who have an interest in achieving this. However, if we can bring together a strategy combining the formation of the all party group and apprenticeships at the same time as the SIC code provides us with real statistics then I think we can move forward. I am on the case, and I will report on progress over the coming months, all support and input is welcomed.
Finally, I am going to start a chair's blog, which I hope to update on a reasonably regular basis with reports from meetings, events and discussions I am having in my role as chair. My thoughts on this are simple, while I might be a volunteer and I have a day job, I am representing you and you do pay subscriptions, so I plan to tell you what I am doing for your money. Details of the blog can be found on the institute website. I look forward to working on your behalf and as usual you can contact me at any time or you can leave (constructive) comments on the blog.