Last May I was delighted to be part the BIFM team who visited the FM Expo in Dubai for the first time.
Meeting with FM professionals and members, in both the UK and further afield is always the best part of my job. I firmly believe finding out your views on how we can support employers, suppliers and individuals is key to the future success of BIFM.
This time the BIFM charge will be supported by a committed group of volunteers to help establish the launch of our new community group in the United Arab Emirates.
Working with the group and key stakeholders, we are planning to expand our educational offering to support BIFM members based in the UAE and the wider facilities management profession in the region. We are fortunate that BIFM has been granted a licence to operate from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce through its Dubai Association Centre scheme and will be building on our existing offering based on the institute's professional standards, qualifications, training and professional members.
The community group will be developing a range of ways to support the growing community of facilities management professionals and organisations based in the country that are members, including promoting best practice and organising seminars and events. For more information about BIFM's services in the region and the community group, visit www.bifm.org.uk/UAE.
Enthusiasm from our volunteer community has been key to this development. But it does not always take a group of people. For example, one individual from Barbados has recently championed the role of FM and BIFM in an ambassadorial light choosing to partner with us as part of our World FM Day celebrations (which this year takes place on 13 July). As a result BIFM will be supporting activities in this region as part of the World Facilities Management Day Exhibition & Conference 'Maintaining Asset Value across the Caribbean and Latin America'.
In both cases, it is the passion of our volunteers and members, championing our work, which helps us to build on our offer and deliver more across a growing network. We're truly grateful for all that our members do and that's why we do try to give something back to those that support the work of the institute.
Each year we host the BIFM Volunteer Recognition Awards. Nominations are currently being encouraged for the 2016 awards across four main categories: Regional Committee of the Year, SIG Committee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and a new category in recognition of an exceptional Knowledge Contribution to BIFM and the FM profession. This last category is in recognition of the increasing contribution that our volunteers are making to our research and insight offer at BIFM. Also, for the first time this year, our Volunteer of the Year award is extended to include volunteers who give their time to judging the BIFM Awards, and those who support the Audit, Governance and Awarding Panel Committees.
If you know of a deserving candidate, visit www.bifm.org.uk/VRA
But ensure all entries are submitted by Friday 3rd June at 5pm.
Lee Grant, Head of Service and Community Development