Working with the BIFM board has been a great experience, explains outgoing deputy chair Rob Greenfield
6 May 2010
This is my last opportunity to communicate with the membership as deputy chairman. Working with the BIFM board has been a great experience as it is a blend of seasonal professional mixed with bright young member who all bring a diverse range of skill, and experience. Although personally disappointed I did not achieve my personal goal to step up to the role of chairman, I recognise the newly-elected chairman, Ian Broadbent, and his two deputies Ismena Clout and Stuart Harris will be a positive step for the institute and I will give them every support.
I have enjoyed my time as a senior volunteer within BIFM and I would encourage you all to become involved in your local region. Share your own individual skills and experience with others and I can guarantee that you will gain experience and knowledge and be exposed to all manner of organisations and events that would otherwise be impossible outside of the BIFM.
Over the years I have served on the East Region committee as chairman and have encouraged a vast number of FM's to sign up and join BIFM as well as bringing in corporate sponsorship for the awards and conference.
Through my role as chairman of the Health and Safety specialist interest group I have been lucky enough to serve on the government Asbestos Liaison Group where I was involved in the development of the current HSE Hidden Killer campaign where I feel I have really made a difference in preventing exposure to this material and maybe have even saved some lives, which is reward in itself.
In addition I have been involved in an all party debate within the House of Commons and I have also met with Laurence Waterman, the head of safety for the Olympic Delivery Authority, where we reviewed the potential use of a new safety passport developed by FMs for the industry.
My role here at Sodexo is a challenge as I explore a new and innovative strategy for the delivery of operational health and safety across the business. I still expect that I will see you all at BIFM events but I intend to phase down my involvement as a senior volunteer over the coming months and where possible, will mentor others to take my place in the hope that they have just as much of a positive experience as I have had over the years.