Recognising an outstanding contribution to the industry in the UK and globally, the BIFM board salutes an FM pioneer.
By Gareth Price and David Arminas
29 October 2009
Recognising an outstanding contribution to the industry in the UK and globally, the BIFM board salutes an FM pioneer
The overall FM industry impact award recognises a leading individual who has had the most significant and positive impact on the FM industry over their career to date. The award is given under the direction of the BIFM board which this year recognises Stan Mitchell for his outstanding contribution to FM in the UK, Europe and globally.
In 1990, with a career as merchant navy chief engineer behind him, Mitchell set up his own FM business, Facilities Support Services, now called Key Facilities Management, of which he is still chief executive.
In the same year, Mitchell, who originally hails from Glasgow, set up the first regional group outside London of the Association of Facilities Management and served on its board. He continued serving when the AFM and IFM merged into the BIFM. He became BIFM chairman in 2004. While in office, he helped set up the Partnership in FM Excellence agreement between the BIFM and the US-based International Facility Management Association and the Facility Management Association of Australia.
In 2006, he set up Global FM, a Brussels-based international federation of FM member organisations, to help FMs set up their own national organisations, thereby creating an ever stronger worldwide community of talent.
After collecting his award, Mitchell told FM World:
It's a fantastic acknowledgement: it's not just an award for the likes of Stan Mitchell but for all of the chairman of the regions and of the committees who give their time freely to promote the profession.