4 November 2014
As one of the most recent additions to BIFM, I find myself joining a team of talented and motivated individuals committed to delivering its mission and vision to support the membership and the wider FM community.
In my role of head of service and community development, I have responsibility for ensuring that our members are both valued and represented in the wider profession and that the structures are in place to allow our communities to continue to grow and prosper.
Over the years I have often asked myself "what does membership of a professional body actually mean?" I have been unable to pinpoint a definition that applies to the many audiences that professional bodies attract.
However, one conclusion that I have made is that membership is much more than the sum of its tangible and intangible parts. While membership may be a leg up the career ladder, it can also be a source of information or a client requirement. Equally, it can be a measure of status, or the route to becoming qualified and maintaining your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Whatever being a BIFM member means to you, signing up to the code of professional conduct and contributing to the promotion of excellence in facilities management should be at the core - professionalising yourself and the organisations you work with to benefit the economy and wider society.
I am fortunate to join BIFM at a time of growth and I have already had many conversations about recruitment, growth and retention. For me it's simple; as the professional body, BIFM represents the very best of the facilities management profession and gains strength and voice through its members. The more members, the louder the voice; the louder the voice, the greater the impact!
If I were to comment on what success could look like, it is a continued and significant increase in membership at all grades throughout the UK and internationally. It would also see increased numbers of experts contributing to the advancement of the facilities management profession through BIFM's regional and special interest group activities, resulting in BIFM's members' voices being listened to and acted upon by government and opinion formers.
Moving forwards, I hope to ensure that BIFM membership is highly relevant to those working in and supporting facilities management; the routes to membership are appropriate and accessible to those individuals and organisations and that BIFM continues to lead the promotion of excellence and professionalism throughout the sector.
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