Bryan Precious, community development executive at BIFM, outlines the ways to get involved in the institute.
27 January 2014
2013 saw a great contribution made by BIFM's regional and special interest group (SIG) committees for the benefit of our membership.
They delivered more than 100 events for the benefit of BIFM members. Being a volunteer is not only an opportunity to help others, but also provides you with an opportunity to learn new skills from other professionals, broaden your networking circle and have fun with like-minded professionals.
Nick Fox, south-west region secretary, said: "I have found that being involved with the BIFM locally and nationally has helped me grow as an individual, meet new people, grow my network of contacts and, importantly, improve my continuous professional development".
BIFM volunteers contribute to the institute in a wide variety of ways:
- Becoming a committee member on a region or SIG. This could be through becoming a chair, deputy chair, secretary, treasurer, events co-ordinator or committee member
- Being a FM technical expert;
- Taking part in 'FM Leaders Forums';
- Becoming a BIFM board member;
- Writing articles for BIFM pages of FM World;
- Promoting FM in schools, colleges, universities and places of employment;
- Reviewing papers and Good Practice Guides in your area of expertise;
- Speaking at regional SIG and national events; and
- Helping to author new publications.
With 25 regions, branches and SIGs and many other opportunities to get involved there is something that will appeal to anyone wanting to get involved in supporting BIFM and the development of FM as a profession.
Current opportunities to get involved:
The procurement SIG is re-launching itself in 2014 and is seeking two volunteers to join the committee to complement the skills of the current committee members. They would be particularly interested in hearing from individuals, qualified to a minimum of MBIFM, possessing strong public sector procurement and supply chain management experience and/or procurement as their primary function.
The East Region committee is also looking for a new chairman (who would also represent the region on members' council) and committee members to support and develop a programme of events across the region in 2014. They would also like to hear from you if you would be willing to host or sponsor an event in 2014.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity please contact Bryan Precious at [email protected] BIFM would like to thank our network of volunteers who enable the institute to support and grow the FM profession.