FM is the ideal career choice for the laterally minded, the eternally enthusiastic - and anyone not afraid of a challenge or two. That was the view of our Rising Stars when they assembled at the Heron Tower in London.
21 June 2012
At the beginning of the year, we asked BIFM members to nominate the sector's 'rising stars' - up-and-coming facilities managers making a name for themselves through great work produced over a relatively short period of time.
The aim was to concentrate on those delivering FM - be they client or supply side - and to reward those who had impressed colleagues with their enthusiasm and work to date.
In the end, our readers also identified some non-operational FMs whose work was also worthy of praise - so they, too, were referred to the judges. Also, while most of those nominated are under 40, this wasn't a search defined by an age bracket - a maximum of ten years' work in the sector was our loose guide to eligibility.
The results of all this activity appear on these pages - 35 individuals, each at different stages of their career. They come from a variety of backgrounds with an even wider variety of experience, ranging from those who started their careers in FM as teenagers, through to those who, like so many, have come to the sector from other industries. Some have already spent the best part of a decade making their mark, while others are only just entering their second year.
Of course, we know that this can only be a snapshot. Plenty of outstanding individuals are making sterling contributions to their organisations, but they weren't nominated and thus not referred to the judges.
The result of all this is a lively mix of individuals dedicated to developing their careers while promoting the understanding and reputation of facilities management to the wider business community.
To view the full profiles of each of our Rising Stars and exclusive video interviews from the event at the Heron Tower, follow the above links.