31 May 2018 | Martin Read
Former BIFM chairman Lionel Prodgers has written an open letter to the international membership organisations that make up part of Global FM to suggest the industry body conduct a "complete rethink" of its role.
Global FM describes itself as a not-for-profit international "association of associations for facilities management organisations".
During his time as chair of BIFM in 1998, Prodgers was instrumental in winding up the previous Global FM, citing its lack of effectiveness. Prodgers now senses that the current GlobalFM, re-established in 2006, may be headed for the same fate.
"As a former chairman of EuroFM for five years, I understand how difficult it is to manage collaborative inter-institution activity," writes Prodgers.
As well as chairing BIFM in the late 1990s, Prodgers has also chaired EuroFM, which comprises more than a hundred education, research and operational FM members across 23 European countries.
"My suggestion is that Global FM would do well to take note and work closely with EuroFM to promote global academic research exchange and education.
"As 2018 appears to be a year for change amongst a number of FM communities, I suggest the global perspective, which is in your custody as members and affiliates of Global FM, also needs a shake up."
Lionel Prodgers now runs his own FM consultancy, Agents4RM.
In a letter to all global FM directors and member representatives, chair of Global FM, Duncan Waddell, said: "The main purpose for my communication with you follows the open letter sent to you all by Lionel Prodgers (LP). In fact, this letter was of no surprise to me as Lionel had discussed it with me last year and he wanted to advise me of his intent."
Waddell added: "The main reason for not having directly responded is that it is my sense that Global FM is delivering what you, as Members, empower it to deliver as an international platform and the comments don't reflect what has been achieved by you as Members of Global FM (GFM)."
Waddell said he had reflected on the outcomes of GFM in the recent past and summarised them as:
- organising and delivering "another successfully planned, coordinated and executed World FM Day celebration"
- conducting and announcing the 2018 Global FM Awards of Excellence program (with the highest number of nominees ever
- finalising the briefing and commissioning of the Global FM Market Sizing Study 2018, which has been expanded in terms of the number of countries (now 50) and depth of FM market data analysis
- "ensuring that the GFM website is updated and reflects appropriate and current content and a social media presence".