19 November 2015 | Neil Everitt
Are you a BIFM member based outside the UK? Based in the UK and have an international remit or interest in international FM? Looking to network with FM professionals based in more than 80 countries with similar interests?
If so, the BIFM International Special Interest Group is for you.
The group has a new committee in place and new chair Steve Gladwin is looking forward to working with the committee to provide BIFM members with a range of opportunities. Steve comments: "I had the opportunity to work in FM in Australia and Asia Pacific for over 15 years and continue to work with clients who have international remits. I always find it interesting to speak to FM professionals across the globe about both the similar and different challenges that we face in delivering great FM in different regions. The BIFM International SIG exists to provide a forum for FMs and leaders responsible for, or interested in international FM practice; the committee will be delivering a range of events, developing insight as well as creating links with a range of other bodies."
The new committee was formed in September and since then three successful events have been organised. The first was a presentation from ISS on service management hosted at Arcadis; the second, hosted and facilitated by Polycom, featured Doug Janikiewicz, FM director, MENA, for Carillion, who shared his insight and FM life direct from Qatar. The third featured not only a presentation from Johnny Dunford of BNP Paribas, but also welcomed a delegation of FMs from the Netherlands as well as a fantastic view of the various fireworks displays taking place on 5th November.
On 10th December, the next event - hosted by Herman Miller - will feature political analyst David Massingham, who will provide interesting insight into one aspect of the political landscape as the UK government prepares for a referendum on the subject of Europe.
The committee has also developed plans to create a programme of insight, including an annual research piece, is working on developing links with a range of other bodies, and has started work on plans for 2016's celebration of World FM Day.
So how do you get involved?
Firstly, make sure that you are registered for updates from the International SIG by updating your BIFM profile preferences. Secondly, get in touch or attend a future event and let the committee know your thoughts on the topics you would like covered and the way that you would like to receive information. The committee is always keen to hear from FM professionals and companies, based anywhere in the world, who are interested in getting involved. You may have interesting case studies to share, want to become part of a networking group, or be able to provide support through sponsorship.
Neil Everitt is commercial manager at BIFM