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30 Nov 2017

21st ANNUAL BIFM IRELAND FM SUMMIT HONOURS EXCELLENCE IN THE INDUSTRY

Some of Ireland’s most promising and talented facilities management (FM) professionals were celebrated at the BIFM Ireland Region Awards at the organisation’s 2017 FM Summit. This year’s Awards, sponsored by Facilities People International (FPI), recognised John O’Shea from OCS as the BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year, and Daniel Mahony from ARUP as the BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year.

This year’s winners were selected by an independent panel of industry experts which included; Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering and Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, and David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse, and winner of the 2016 BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award.

The shortlist for the Awards featured a range of FM professionals from both the private and public sectors who have demonstrated professional excellence and a passion for the industry. Following lengthy deliberations, John O’Shea from OCS was awarded BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year based on his excellent leadership at OCS which is greatly complemented by his commitment to always going above and beyond his required duties. Meanwhile, Daniel O’Mahony from ARUP received the BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year Award for continually striving to exceed client expectations whilst furthering his own professional development, knowledge and experiences.

Janet Downer, Director, Facilities People International said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to lend our support to the 2017 BIFM Ireland Region Awards. The FM industry is one that is driven by its people which makes the Awards today all the more significant. The talent we have witnessed with this year’s finalists is a testament to the fantastic pool of FM professionals we have across Ireland”

Pat Gaughan, Chair, BIFM Ireland Region said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognise and reward the excellence in our industry. The Awards not only highlight the outstanding work of the more established FM professionals in the field, but also those who are just beginning their FM careers. We offer our thanks to Facilities People International for their wonderful support this year, and I’m sure Janet will agree, we were blown away by the calibre of this year’s entries.

The Summit, sponsored by Aramark, Compass, H&J, and Sodexo, also brought together both business and facilities management professionals alike to discuss current industry trends and to share their knowledge and ideas. This year’s Summit theme focused on ‘FM & The Internet of Things’ which aimed to uncover how the Internet of Things (IOT) is helping (or hindering) the FM industry. Speakers on the day included; Derrick Black, Genisys, Karl Horner, Mobiess, Andrew Wilkinson, Sodexo, Janet Stevenson, IT Guarded, Jane Cooper, Skanska, and Ewoud Harnie, PC Sint Amandus.

For further information visit www.bifmireland.org.uk

16 Nov 2017

2017 BIFM Ireland Region Awards shortlist revealed

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland Region has announced the finalists for the 2017 BIFM Ireland Region Awards. Winners will be announced on 17th November at the 21st annual BIFM Ireland FM Summit – ‘FM & The Internet of Things’ – at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

These prestigious awards are sponsored by Facilities People International (FPI) and recognise the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of FM professionals that have helped shape the FM industry in Ireland today. This year’s categories include BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year and BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year.

Shortlisted individuals for the BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year include;

Michelle Weldon from Aramark and John O’Shea from OCS. Meanwhile Declan Conmy from Aramark, Daniel O’Mahony of ARUP, and James Harte from Accent Solutions have been announced as finalists for the BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year Award.

Janet Downer, Director, Facilities People International said, “This year’s award entries feature a range of fantastic FM professionals who have strongly demonstrated their commitment to the industry with continued hard work, professionalism and a passion for providing the best client solutions. I look forward to celebrating all of our finalists success alongside the 150 delegates set to attend the BIFM FM Summit this week.”

Pat Gaughan, Chair, BIFM Ireland Region said, “Every year we receive award entries of extremely high calibre from FM professionals across a range of industries, and this year was certainly no different. The shortlisted individuals are truly a testament to the great network of hardworking and talented FMs in Ireland. We wish them all the best of luck!”

The judging panel for the 2017 BIFM Ireland Region Awards included a range of industry experts from across the UK and Ireland, including Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, and David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse, and winner of the 2016 BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award.

Compered by renowned sports journalist and presenter Denise Watson, the Summit is set to provide delegates with a full schedule of innovative talks about this year’s theme ‘FM & The Internet of Things’, delivered by a range of local and international specialist speakers. Moreover, the day will also involve a selection of exhibition demonstrations and a special Q&A session with Northern Ireland’s all-time lead goal scorer, David Healy MBE.

06 Nov 2017

Interview with: Bernie McManamon

Name: Bernie McManamon

Job Title: General Service Manager at Sodexo

 

  1. What was your first job?

My very first job involved working as a shop assistant in a local supermarket.

  1. How did you get into the Facilities Management industry?
    I was heavily involved in the design and management of a facility upgrade project when working as a Project Engineer with Shell. The project was very challenging as it involved ensuring the client’s needs were being met as much as possible whilst maintaining a set budget. A close friend of mine then suggested that I would be really suited to a General Services Manager position that was advertised within this facility, so I decided to apply and was successful! I am really glad I made the move from Engineering to Facilities Management as I thoroughly enjoy my role. It is one which involves a lot of variety – no two days are ever the same. I really do love it!

 

  1. Who, in any other industry, do you most admire?

It would be Elon Musk, as he is a very grounded and down to earth businessman, engineer and innovator. He is leading the way in the electric car industry with Tesla Motors and is also working on a solar city. I believe he is certainly a person to admire, especially the way he discusses technical items in an understandable way which is very helpful for non-tech people.

  1. If money was no object, what car would you buy?
    A brand-new Ford Fiesta – yes, I am serious! I have just parted with my old Fiesta which I have had since college and had to compromise on the type of car to purchase with my Fiancé. Men aren’t particularly fond of driving Ford Fiesta cars.

 

  1. How would you improve the Facilities Management Industry?

I think the FM industry would benefit greatly if we had more opportunities to share learnings across our own businesses and others. I am just at the beginning of my Facilities Management career and feel that there is so much to learn and share in order to ensure our clients are satisfied with our services. At Sodexo we strive to provide a quality of life service for our client and customers.

 

  1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was younger I really wanted to be a Vet as I loved being out on the farm and looking after the sheep with my father.

 

  1. If you could have a super power for a day, what would it be and why?

If I had a superpower it would have to involve happiness. Everyone’s perception of happiness is different, so I would love to make people feel happy for a day. This is partly due to the growing issue of mental health in today’s society.  I attended a ‘See Change’ workshop and found it really opened my eyes to mental health and our attitudes towards it. This is an outstanding and free workshop which I would recommend any company. Mental health is something which I bring up with my staff on a weekly basis at team meetings.

 

  1. If you could host a dinner party with any three guests, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

I would have to invite; Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Sodexo CEO Michel Landel. That would be an amazing guest list with such knowledge and learning.  I think it would also be a very late dinner party as I would have so many questions for each person!

  1. What do you think is the future of the Facilities Management industry?

The Facilities Management Industry is expanding all the time as workplaces further meet the needs of employees and customers. I think technology will also be a massive influence on the future of Facilities Management. It is going to be so important when trying to connect with the millennials and generation Z as customers and employees.

 

  1. How is the FM world changing with / responding to the new generation of managers coming though?

As I noted previously, technology will be so important in responding to the new generation of managers – they will want new and innovative ways of doing things. The FM world will need to embrace and learn from this generation of managers. In addition, I think workplace wellness is also another important growing trend which FM managers will need to adapt to in order to succeed.

 

[As seen in November edition of Tomorrow’s FM]

06 Nov 2017

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE 2017 BIFM IRELAND REGION AWARDS

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has extended the deadline for entries for the 2017 BIFM Ireland Region Awards until 12pm Friday 10th November. The prestigious awards, sponsored by Facilities People International (FPI), will be celebrated at the industry body’s 21st annual FM Summit which returns to the newly refurbished National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on Friday 17th November 2017.

The awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements and excellence of FM professionals across the public, private and voluntary sectors that have made significant contributions to the development of the FM industry in Ireland. This year’s award categories include Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year and Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year.

Award entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts from across the UK and Ireland, including Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, and David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse, and winner of the 2016 Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award.

For further information and to enter visit www.bifmireland.org.uk/awards

24 Oct 2017

Stellar speaker line-up in store for the 2017 BIFM Ireland FM Summit

Delegates of the 21st annual BIFM Ireland FM Summit are set to hear from a range of top FM professionals who will delve into this year’s theme ‘FM & The Internet of Things’.

This year’s line-up features a diverse selection of business leaders and experts from across the FM industry and beyond from organisations including GenisysSkanska and Sodexo.

 

Andrew Wilkinson, Head of Marketing, Sodexo

Andrew is a facilities management professional with almost 30 years’ experience in all aspects of property, facilities and outsourced business services. His career includes a variety of board-level client advisory and supply side roles working for large consultants and integrated contractors like WS Atkins plc and Sodexo.

 

Andrew is a frequent speaker and conferences and seminars, and is passionate about the role technology can play in enabling a better workplace experience.

 

Derrick Black, Managing Director, Genisys Solutions

Derrick’s experiences include the development of specialist software for the Power Industry including the creation of automated linkages between power plant operation data and FM systems, thereby minimising equipment downtime and maximising profits.

 

Derrick is currently undertaking work regarding the mismatch between the requirement for government supported organisations to use the BIM model approach to new builds, and the current inability to derive the proposed benefits of this methodology using the available CAFM solutions.

 

Ewoud Harnie, Team Leader IT, Psychiatric Centre Sint-Amandus

Ewoud started his career as a developer but swiftly discovered that filling the gap between business and IT is much more challenging.

 

Currently he is employed in healthcare, where he manages the daily operation of the IT infrastructure and the strategy and execution of all kind of IT projects, supporting 700+ employees, and providing assistance to 600+ patients.

 

Jane Cooper, Operations Director, Skanska

Jane Cooper is an Operations Director Skanska’s Facilities Services operation, a business with more than 800 employees operating in mostly defence, healthcare, education, commercial, local authority and blue light sectors.

 

Jane is really keen in challenging the technology we currently use and how we can develop smarter ways of using the data to improve customer experience and risk based maintenance. She is also interested in looking at how the FM industry can support their customers and clients with improving the efficiencies to deliver their primary functions.

 

Janet Stevenson, IT Guarded

Janet Stevenson is an IT Security Specialists providing specialist cybersecurity testing and auditing services to relevant organisations in order to strengthen their cyber defences.

 

Based in Belfast, Janet works within a small specialist team providing services to both the UK Government and private sector, including healthcare, hospitality and financial services.

 

Karl Horner, Managing Director, Mobiess

Karl Horner is the Managing Director of specialist FM mobile application provider Mobiess.  He has spent the last 25 Years in the FM technology sector delivering innovative IT solutions, and with a strong technical background has been responsible for CAFM/IWMS development projects and Senior FM IT Consultancy.

During Karl’s presentation he will speak about the challenges faced by any organisation when introducing mobile working, and how rapid technological changes such as Infrastructure as a Service, Virtual Assistants, Data as a Service and the Internet of things (IoT) will affect the future of mobile working.

 

The Summit, which brings together thought leaders and experts from a range of industries is set to take place on Friday 17 November 2017 at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

To book your place at the Summit just visit: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2012543

16 Oct 2017

BIFM IRELAND REGION SEEKS TOP FM PROFESSIONALS

Awards return to honour facilities management across Ireland

The search is on for top facilities management talent across Ireland as the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland region launches this year’s BIFM Ireland Region Awards. The prestigious awards, sponsored by Facilities People International (FPI), will be celebrated at the industry body’s 21st annual FM Summit which returns to the newly refurbished National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on Friday 17 November 2017.

The awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements and excellence of FM professionals across the public, private and voluntary sectors that have made significant contributions to the development of the FM industry in Ireland. This year’s award categories include Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year and Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year.

Pat Gaughan, Chair, BIFM Ireland Region said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the BIFM Ireland Region Awards. The awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to give recognition to professional excellence, and to showcase the work of talented FM professionals across Ireland. Year on year we receive a remarkable amount of entries from high calibre individuals who truly set the bar for this thriving industry.”

Award entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts from across the UK and Ireland, including Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, and David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse, and winner of the 2016 Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award.

Janet Downer, Director at Facilities People International said, “It is a pleasure to be able to support this year’s BIFM Ireland Region Awards. Celebrating personal achievements alongside those of other professionals is an important aspect of any career and is certainly something which we advocate at FPI. Make sure to highlight your career success and enter this year’s Awards!”

The awards give FM professionals an ideal platform to demonstrate their career accomplishments and commitment to professional development. Recognising his excellent service to The Guinness Storehouse’s 1.5 million annual visitors, David Gormalley was honoured with the Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award last year.

David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse, said: “Receiving the Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year Award just little under a year ago was a truly rewarding experience which gave me a great sense of achievement. We have an amazingly high standard for FM professionals here and, as a judge I certainly look forward to seeing the range of entries for this year!”

In addition to hosting the BIFM Ireland Region Awards, the BIFM Ireland FM Summit will explore the theme ‘FM & The Internet of Things,’ which will identify how facilities managers can incorporate new digital technologies into their work. The Summit, which is now a calendar favourite for FM professionals, will feature both local and international industry experts and exhibitors and will provide a valuable insight into best practice in facilities management.

In addition to looking at the future of digital technologies in facilities management, this year’s Summit also looks to sport for its next inspiration. Tying in with the iconic sporting venue of Windsor Park, the event will also be hosted by renowned sports journalist and presenter Denise Watson.

Deadline for entries to the BIFM Ireland Region Awards is Friday 3 November at 5pm, with winners announced at the BIFM Ireland FM Summit set to take place on Friday 17th November at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

For further information and to enter visit www.bifmireland.org.uk/awards

05 Oct 2017

Interview with: Fionnuala Byrne

Name: Fionnuala Byrne

Job Title: Head of Facilities EMEA – Google and Southern Branch Chair of the BIFM Ireland Region

 

Education: What was your first ever job?

My first job after college involved working for a car company that provided leasing plans to companies. The majority of my college class went on to work in Property Agencies or Surveying roles, but I was after some something a little different and unique and I also wasn’t ready for the property world just yet! My job was in the service department, booking cars into service centres but most of it was actually spent on the road delivering cars. It was a great experience and gave me insight into how a small family-run business operates.

 

What was you first job in the FM sector?

After I left the car company I joined the life assurance company Canada Life to manage their property portfolio and provide corporate services which was effectively FM. A part of the reason that I was successful in getting this role was because I worked in the car leasing business – Canada Life had a large car fleet with the business. That, combined with my degree in property and surveying made me a good fit for the job.

 

What made you choose FM as a career?

To be honest, it sometimes feels as if it chose me! I studied property economics and valuation surveying in my degree but providing FM services has always been part of my role wherever I have worked. I have a huge interest in workplaces and how they impact our productivity, so FM is quite a natural choice.

 

How did you progress through the profession to your current role?

My role in Canada Life was really a mix of property management, FM and other corporate services that we provided to staff.  When I joined Google it was as FM for Ireland but that quickly grew to include other countries in the EMEA region as the company continued to grow.  A number of years later I became Head of Facilities for the region.

 

Do you have any qualifications or training in FM and related areas such as health and safety? And how have you benefited from them?

I have an MSc in Facilities Management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and have completed various training courses over the years that include people management, updates in legislation and strategic leadership.  Keeping up to date with all the various changes in our profession is essential to being a great FM – it’s vital that we understand our obligations in relation to our buildings, our people and our environment.  I’m a big believer in continuing education, whether its short courses to update your skills or a degree course to help progress your career.

 

What is your greatest contribution to the FM sector, or your current role?

I am the Southern Branch Chair for the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland Region, so I hope that my involvement helps bring more people together through our networking events, our annual FM Summit and lectures series.

 

What’s changed most since you started in FM?

I think there is greater awareness of FM than when I first started. We’ve successfully moved from being a discipline focused on building services and engineering to one that also covers the built environment and everyone who occupies that space. Users mostly now understand the concept of FM and what we are trying to achieve in the workplace and built environment.

 

What personal qualities do you think are most needed for a successful career in FM?

When I hire FMs I look for flexibility, the ability to adapt to a changing environment, someone who is enthusiastic and willing to get involved.   Our profession thrives on people who want to make a difference to their customer, whether that’s in an office environment, manufacturing plant, third level institution, hospital or conference centre.

 

If you could do one thing differently in your career in FM, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would change anything about my career so far. I have enjoyed every role thoroughly and they have provided me with invaluable experience and the opportunity to meet some great people over the years.

 

What would make the biggest difference to the FM sector? And how could that be achieved?

I think it all comes down to how we network and interact with one another. The more we discuss our experiences, learnings, and ideas, the better we can work with one another to help drive the industry forward. This is all within reach, we just need more and more FM professionals to put themselves out there by joining the professional bodies and attending key networking events. As Southern Branch Chair of the BIFM Ireland Region this is something I actively encourage. The 2017 BIFM Ireland FM Summit taking place on November 17th at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast and offers an excellent opportunity for FM professionals to come together to discuss current industry trends and best practice.

 

Are you a member of any FM association or body and if so what benefits do you think they provide?

As I’ve said, I am member of BIFM and its Southern Branch Chair. I am also a member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) which is affiliated with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). All these organisations provide fantastic benefits to their members, from the ability to meet peers and networks, to having the opportunity to undertake courses and help drive policy changes with our governments.  Being a member of a professional body has really helped me build and network and progress my career.

 

What advice would you give to young people coming into the profession now?

My advice would be to look for experience in different types of organisations, build your peer network and always remember your customer but most of all enjoy the experience!  It’s a fantastic and very rewarding career.

 

What are your long-term goals for the next seven to ten years?

My goals would include pushing the FM industry forward, opening up more education opportunities for study and encouraging more young people into the profession through college courses and apprenticeships.

 

What do you predict could be the main changes to the FM sector over the next few years? One of the main changes that FM will face over the next few years which is very topical at the moment and is something that will be explored at this year’s BIFM Ireland FM Summit is the Internet of Things. The Summit theme explores ‘FM & The Internet of Things’ and will focus on how FMs can embrace new digital technologies which are everchanging.

What are the greatest challenges of working in FM?

It’s been said before but one of the biggest challenges would involve getting a voice in the boardroom and articulating what we want to achieve and how. FM is a relatively new profession despite the fact that we have been in existence under various banners for a while, we need to assert ourselves and actively promote the value we bring to organisations and their employees.

 

What do you enjoy most about working in FM?

Without a doubt it’s the people, the FM industry is driven by the great people working in it.

 

[As seen in October edition of FM Journal]

26 Sep 2017

Interview with: Keith Halliday

Name: Keith Halliday

Job Title: Estates Manager at Queen’s University Belfast and current Chair British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) – Ireland Region (Northern Branch).

 

What was your first job?

My very first role was as a housekeeper in a local Hotel in Bangor, Co. Down.

 

What qualifications do you have?

I have a BA Honours Degree in Business Administration, Licensed Assessor for the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences (LBICSc), and a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (MBIFM).

 

To what do you attribute your success?

I think what has really helped me throughout my career is the ability to adapt readily to an organisation’s standards and priorities – this is extremely important no matter where you work. It also helps to be productive and conscientious of every task you carry out!

 

How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?

Enthusiastic, hardworking, good fun and solution orientated – I enjoy the challenge of problem solving!

 

Who do you look up to in business?

There is no one person in particular. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who has started at the bottom and worked their way up the career ladder, I find this really inspiring.

 

How do you get the best out of people who work for you?

I believe that it is important to always explain WHY we are doing what we are. I think that if you are transparent and truthful with your employees they will respect your decisions and work with you.

 

If you could change one thing about doing business in Northern Ireland, what would it be?

It’s easy to criticise and no business is perfect, but I have to be honest and say that we do things pretty well in NI. The only I think we could improve on is that business people could work better together to improve services offered to customers. This means that the customer can move on with a positive and lasting impression.

 

What website or app could you not do without?

I think it would have to be Google in general – it has the answer to everything and can be accessed so easily.

 

What was the last book you read?

I can’t remember off the top of my head but generally I read quite a few non-fiction novels to help me relax. My favourite author is by Dan Brown.

 

 

What car do you drive?

A Renault.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

In my past I used to referee football at the highest level in this country and officiated in European qualifying competitions.

 

What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?

It would definitely have to be football!

 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

Take all the free advice you can and remember to be nice to your fellow employees as you progress up the corporate ladder – these will always be invaluable contacts throughout your career. Networking opportunities are also incredibly important, events like the BIFM Ireland FM Summit on 17th November in Windsor Park provide an excellent platform for FM professionals at all levels.

 

If you could swap jobs with someone else for the day who would it be and why?

I think I would like to see what it takes to run a major sports stadium or worldwide attraction. The sheer scale of these buildings and the amount of visitors they attract would certainly present an interesting challenge!  Away from my own profession, I have always harboured an ambition to be a pilot, I think it looks like a lovely job, but I imagine it could be quite stressful too.

 

[As seen in the Irish News]

21 Aug 2017

BIFM Ireland Summit Returns to Belfast

The BIFM Ireland FM Summit will return to Belfast on 17th November 2017, when facilities management professionals gather at the newly refurbished National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Now in its 21st year The BIFM Ireland FM Summit has become one of the highlights in the calendars of FM professionals and those working on the periphery of the FM industry from across Ireland and beyond.

Featuring both local and international speakers and exhibitors the summit will bring together facilities management professionals and industry experts to give unique insights into the new and best practices of facilities management, ensuring the efficient and profitable running of businesses. This year’s theme, ‘The Internet of Things’, will examine facilities management as it embraces new digital communications technologies.

 

The Internet of Things examines how devices can be used beyond the traditional computing norms to provide intelligence everywhere around us. Automation can allow us to adjust thermostats, open doors, monitor health, and simplify tasks such as to do lists at the touch of a button or even the flick of a wrist. Removing simple chores from our everyday life enables us to maintain better focus at work or gives us more time relax with family and friends.

 

Keith Halliday, BIFM Ireland Region committee member said, “We are delighted to be bringing our FM Summit back to Belfast for 2017 to such an iconic venue. The Internet of Things will most certainly be the driving force of change and possibilities for the FM and services industry in the coming years.  FM as an industry continues to grow rapidly throughout the UK and Ireland and the profession has come a long way locally thanks to BIFM and our Ireland region, which has in excess of 400 members.”

 

Aramark returns as the chief sponsor this year, with Compass, H&J Martin and Sodexo on board as supporting sponsors. Ray Taylor, Operations Director, Aramark said: “We have supported the BIFM Ireland Summit for many years now and it always presents an ideal platform to discuss with fellow professionals the way forward and delve into the topics that are challenging and changing the sector. We have no doubt that this year’s summit will be as informative and engaging as always with a great line-up of inspiring speakers.”

 

As well as looking to the future, this year’s summit also looks to sport for its next inspiration. Held at the iconic National Stadium, the event will be hosted by renowned sports journalist and presenter Denise Watson. A special question and answer session will also be held at the event with football legend and all-time lead goal scorer for Northern Ireland, David Healy MBE.