Preston Gan of the BIFM Scotland Region Committee shares his experiences of running a regional CPD event.
10 November 2016 | Preston Gan
Preston Gan is head of quality and performance for the facilities and estates sector at NHS Grampian; he sits on the BIFM Scotland Region Committee representing the North of Scotland.
Recently elected to the BIFM Scotland Region Committee, I set as my first task organising a CPD event. I wanted to showcase FM in healthcare, and working on Europe's largest healthcare complex gave me the opportunity of doing so at the new Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health building. By engaging with the University of Aberdeen (UoA), we were able to see the building in its entirety prior to occupation.
UoA project manager Kenneth Blackburn and director of estates Angus Donaldson, along with David Foote of architects Halliday Fraser Munro, undertook to give a dual presentation.
In the end, the event attracted a great turnout of professionals from sectors across the built environment, with the audience learning about how the building achieved BREEAM Outstanding for sustainable design.
This event wouldn't have been possible without the help of my fellow committee members such as Jenny Crocker and Sandy McNaughton (Chair).
Here are the three main points I took away from the process:
1. Always have your audience at the heart of what you plan to do. Ensure your event is themed to address the competencies that attendees would wish to learn and take away.
2. Be a good host - first impressions count! Build relationships with your collaborative partners to deliver the event and follow through every detail from reception to closing.
3. Things don't always work out as you want, so work with your collaborative partners on a Plan B for how the event can be delivered differently while still keeping to the theme.