Sarah Hodge, lead judge in the BIFM Awards 'Rising Talent in Facilities Management' Award, talks about her success in the Impact on organisation and workplace category at the 2013 BIFM Awards.
24 March 2014
Having been an Award judge for a number of years and a proud winner of 'Impact on organisation and workplace' 2013 I am delighted to be the lead judge on an exciting new category for the BIFM Excellence Award 2014.
Twenty-five years ago when I started in FM I was very very lucky to have a fantastic manager who believed in me, spotted my potential and recognised what I could offer the FM profession. Like most people at that time, I had fallen into FM and found that I loved it and was passionate about a career in FM and determined to be a part of influencing and shaping the future of FM with professional standards, a structured career path and a qualification framework that we have today.
My risings journey was amazing. I was a founding member of the BIFM and the youngest member of the institute. I served on the London Region Committee and then on the National Council, again the youngest person to have achieved that.
I had found my vehicle to pursue my passion and had inspirational role models and peers in BIFM to share and celebrate my achievements with.
In pursuit of the aspiration that FM is a career of choice and the BIFM strategy for attracting and retaining the best talent it is critical that we identify, support and showcase our new talent by providing a platform, but most of all to celebrate and broadcast their achievements and the impact newcomers are having on FM.
This award has been created to uncover this talent and provide the platform for those individuals to 'show off' and be recognised for their contribution to their organisations and to the wider FM profession. Importantly, it will provide a vehicle allowing them to voice their passion and pride and for the wider industry to celebrate their achievements.
This award is not about age, whether you are a young newcomer or have joined FM having experience from another sector I recommend that you enter or that you encourage someone that you know to enter. We want to uncover the most dynamic newcomers and identify the sector's rising stars, thinkers and performers, recognising the mark they are marking on their organisation and FM, showcasing the talent that will influence and shape the FM profession in the coming years.
We are looking for people with commitment and passion about advancing and promoting FM as a career and who relish their continued CPD. Being able to demonstrate their contribution and impact by challenging and progressive thinking and show innovation and initiative in the delivery of FM services. Being an Award winner or finalist is a fantastic way to springboard your career.
Our winner will be an ambassador for the FM profession, helping to endorse and promote the impact new talent has on the industry. This award offers a great opportunity to shout about and share your success with your peers and with the whole industry.
Learn more about this award and all BIFM Awards categories at www.bifm.org.uk/awards 2014. Award entries close 2 May 2014 (FM of the Year category closes 27 June)