28 June 2019 | Marino Donati
IWFM has announced Martin Bell as the new chair of the institute.
Bell takes over from Stephen Roots, who stepped down from the role earlier this month.
Bell currently provides global facilities management guidance to many businesses in his role at Nestlé Workplace Solutions. He has worked in the profession since the age of 20, taking his first job as facilities co-ordinator at Nortel, before embarking on a graduate programme at Johnson Controls.
He has volunteered with the institute since 2012, first as a member of the FM World (now Facilitate) Editorial Advisory Board and the Audit & Risk Committee, from which he now steps down due to his new role, and, then, as a Board member.
Bell said that, in part, his decision to run was because he sees IWFM as a "well-functioning professional body with a solid plan and an amazing ambition for chartership".
He said: "Our profession can add value to organisations through embracing workplace, raising our professional standards and aligning to organisations' goals. We can make a greater impact by developing and deploying softer skills in tandem with professional knowledge and capability, and together we can help build and support our profession's human capital."