16 January 2014
I always like to start each year with a look back and assess what went well and what could have been better about the previous year. Then I look forward, make some resolutions I try very hard to keep and work hard to make it the best year yet.
For me, coming to the end of my term as chairman, it's hard not to look back at the past 18 months and see how far we have come as an institute and see what exciting plans we have for the future for us as a professional body and the industry as a whole.
Every chairman who comes into the role does so because they see a way that they can improve the institute, they can see how their skills and vision match what the next few years have in store as we develop, grow and mature.
One of my goals for my term in office was to change the feel around the boardroom table, to make it more open, inclusive and an environment where debate happened freely and rigorously. I'm proud of how the board meetings run and how each board member engages with all the discussions. It's not easy to find the right balance of debate, stewardship and ambition, but I feel that we are in the healthiest place we have been for a long time.
A good solid, competent board is vital for any organisation to have if it is as ambitious as BIFM. From this strong board came the Medium Term Strategy (MTS) last year, which runs to the end of 2015. We recently reviewed the strategy, had an honest look at what has worked well and what could be improved and the board has approved the next phase in our growth strategy to focus the organisation for 2014.
Why the review? We don't operate in a vacuum and marketplaces change; that can be from the general economy, the FM market, but also the professional association marketplace. For BIFM to continue to grow and develop as we have done, we must stay as relevant as we can, and that will mean tweaks here and there.
There is another change that has happened in the past few years; the agility and nimbleness of the institute, board and overall decision-making has been a great improvement and has seen us push ourselves further than we thought possible.
I'm excited about the next two years of this strategy. It won't be easy to deliver everything the board has asked for, but Gareth Tancred (CEO), James Sutton (COO), Mark Morgan (CFO) and the whole team at head office are dedicated, proud, professional and progressive and I have absolute faith in what they can achieve. The work they have done over the past two years has been amazing and I have to thank each and every one of them for making my time as chairman that bit easier.
The amazing volunteers that continue to put in the hard work for us are a vital part of ensuring a successful delivery of the strategy. Thanks to all of you and I hope you continue to be the life-blood of the institute.
Finally, I'd like to thank the board for all its hard work and dedication - we are a great team and I love that we are aiming so high!
Happy New Year, everyone -and good luck with keeping your resolutions.