Open-access content Wednesday 10th August 2011
Last year, as part of our three-year strategy, we made plans to grow and develop the institute and the services it provides, writes BIFM chief operating officer Gareth Tancred.
14 July 2011
Last week, a friend of mine gave birth to a baby boy. Needless to say, everyone was delighted and the proud parents were soon very keen to show off their new son. I recall my friend announcing the pregnancy when she was about 10 weeks pregnant. At that time, it was impossible to tell anything was different. She looked the same as she always did. Over time, the physical changes became more obvious. Now, just a few months later, her whole world has changed.
It’s a little bit like that at the BIFM right now. Last year, as part of our three-year strategy, we made plans to grow and develop the institute and the services it provides. For a time it may not have looked like much was happening. In reality, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. Staff and volunteers have been working on a number of propositions and projects that will significantly change the BIFM for the future. For example:
- The new constitution is the result of almost two years’ work to further professionalise and improve governance at the institute. Now that it has received member approval, we will begin implementation over the next few months
- Development of new membership propositions will allow entry into the institute from a variety of new areas as we capture the ever-growing scope of FM in the workplace
- The largest project ever undertaken by the BIFM is the new website. It is far more than a website, so much so that we have called it an online platform. It will bring huge benefits to members and volunteers alike
- As for 2012 and 2013, well, the board meets in a few weeks to review and refine strategy, so I can’t give too much away, but what I can say is that we have already started to implement the decisions already taken to deliver growth in these years. Watch this space.
Some who watch the institute from the sidelines may think that there’s nothing happening at the BIFM. Indeed, just like my friend in the early stages of her pregnancy, you couldn’t really tell what was happening. But the real work was going on all the time, as it is at the BIFM. I would like to thank my colleagues, staff and volunteers for the hard work and effort they are expending to bring you the institute and benefits that will better serve your needs. Keep watching – in a few months our whole world will change too!