2 May 2018 | Martin Read
The International Facility Management Association is opening a United Kingdom chapter, making the UK the latest of more than a hundred countries to run such chapters across the world.
The chapter's mission is "to enhance, evolve and expand the knowledge of facility managers with a focus on the United Kingdom, while also providing pathways to career success for professionals within the industry".
IFMA, which has its global headquarters in Houston, Texas, provides services, products, resources and opportunities to FMs. In recent years the association has been collaborating with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on new FM standards produced via the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), while working "to more tightly integrate FM with the larger built environment industry".
IFMA runs a suite of credentials and qualifications from entry through to senior executive levels. In welcoming the formation of the chapter, Kath Fontana, recently elected as senior vice-president of RICS, said she was looking forward to "working together collaboratively for the benefit of all our members and the wider facilities management community."
Members will be able to attend IFMA networking events and access research and other best practice content from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.
The chapter's board of directors has been appointed from among current individual UK IFMA members, and a programme of events is currently under development.