20 December 2013
During 2013 I have been very proud to be CEO of such a great institute, representing the FM community.
We've witnessed great success, alongside new initiatives, all supported by a robust strategy set in 2012. It is a difficult task to detail all that we have achieved this year, so here are a few select highlights.
My board colleagues set a target to close the year with over 14,000 members, which we have surpassed. We also now have close to 600 corporate and group organisations. We are attracting new members, and the numbers of members renewing are increasing, because we are listening to the needs of the FM community, and taking action to deliver.
It has been another exhilarating year for the BIFM's awarding organisation. At the time of going to press we have witnessed more than 90 per cent growth in learner registrations and more than 50 per cent growth in recognised centre applications. Interserve was the first employer to become a BIFM recognised centre delivering Level 2 and 3. We introduced Level 3 FM qualifications, which completes the range of qualifications, so no matter what stage an individual is at in his/her career, BIFM has a professional development programme applicable to them. We have also started to expand our education programme internationally with our first delivery centre in Malaysia.
Members wanted more knowledge in 2013 to help them deliver in their roles. We listened and this year have released a number of our ever-popular Good Practice Guides and hosted further FM Leaders Forums - bringing together influencers within the sector to discuss current and future topics.
In the last quarter we announced our new mission, vision and values. These will define the route of the institute into 2014 and beyond, ensuring we deliver what the FM community needs.
- Our Mission - our purpose: "The professional body responsible for promoting excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society."
- Our Vision - our aspirations: "To be the internationally recognised authoritative voice of facilities management and the development partner of choice for professionals and their organisations."
- Our Values - guiding our decisions and behaviours: "Passionate - Proud - Professional - Progressive."
Our groups, run by volunteers, have planned and hosted some stellar events throughout 2013. These have ranged from full-day conferences to social events - all of which are a crucial part of BIFM membership. It is important that we all acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers, who give so much of their time to BIFM, and all the individuals and organisations who lend their support to such events.
Based on all the momentum we have achieved in 2013, I am very much looking forward to 2014 being a catalyst year for the FM profession and BIFM. I would like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to BIFM in 2013 - long may this success continue.
If you have any additional feedback you can contact the BIFM membership team at [email protected] or by calling +44 (0)1279 712 650.