10 November 2016 | Joanna Lloyd-Davies
The BIFM Awards 2016 has demonstrated an exceptional uplift in the calibre of all entries.
Of course, this is only possible when the process is run in parallel with our markets, our clients and the considerable activities we undertake.
Each year, after the Awards ceremony there is a full, deep review of the year's of 14-month process. This is conducted by the Awards Process Improvement Team (PIT) and comprises the Chair of Judges, two Lead Judges, BIFM Chair, CEO and Awards Team. It looks at all categories across the three main headings (Impact, Innovation and People). We must ensure that we are confronting market relevance and appropriateness, together with significant development in our profession. Following the 2015 PIT review we created the three new categories of Leader of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Impact on Organisational Performance.
Being a Lead Judge is a privilege, and the pre-eminent Leader of the Year category generated additional responsibilities. The lead judge is accountable for the entire judging process, including the category criteria. This has to be crafted to encompass the vital essence of leading businesses and people, attracting the attention of the principals in our industry while developing robust measures for the judging process. To provide an appropriate level of review for these outstanding leaders, it was decided at the outset that external judges would be appointed. Our decision to announce only the winner was an overriding factor.
We received 11 entries from an international spectrum. Having met and interviewed the selected entrants, it was clear that the external judges had a materially challenging contest on their hands. Feedback is now being provided to all entrants.
The PIT team is now preparing its 2016 review.
We appreciate all comments and suggestions, as this is part of the continuous improvement process.
Joanna Lloyd-Davies was Lead Judge for the Leader of the Year category