BIFM Ireland Awards 2017


As part of the 21st annual BIFM Ireland FM Summit – ‘FM & The Internet of Things’, the BIFM Ireland Region has kicked off its search for this year’s Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year and Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the FM industry, the awards are set to reward the outstanding achievements and excellence of FM professionals across the public, private and voluntary sectors who have made significant contributions to the development of the FM industry in Ireland.

BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year
BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year

Deadline for entries Friday 10th November 2017.

Awards Sponsor

Facilities People International Limited (FPI) is a specialist Facilities Management recruitment consultancy.

The company was founded in 2015 and is structured as a limited company and operated by a sole proprietor. The company has two directors, the principal director is the executive consultant operating the business. The second director provides professional services and oversight to the business.

FPI operates recruitment consultancy services in the international facilities management market working on behalf of business clients to fulfil facilities personnel vacancies, primarily at the senior professional level.

Our focus is to match candidates who have not only the technical skills that the job requires but just as importantly the local language, network and cultural experience required for the location of the job.


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Judging Panel

Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
avril-behan-thumbAvril Behan is an Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She manages programmes in the areas of Building Information Modelling & Management and Applied Computing for Technologists. Avril also teaches and supervises dissertations on the MSc in aBIMM, MSc in Geospatial Engineering, and the BSc in Geographic Science (formerly Geomatics).
Avril qualified from DIT’s Geo-Surveying Diploma in 1994. In 1998, she received the MSc in Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing & Applications from the University of Dundee. In 2012, she graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a PhD in the application of Geomatics Techniques to the study of Architectural History.
Avril has worked with the Irish Office of Public Works, Swissair Photo AG in Switzerland, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and with Ericsson Competence Solutions. Avril joined the Department of Geomatics at DIT in 2003 where she specialised in the teaching of CAD, photogrammetry and remote sensing. In 2014, she moved from the School of Surveying & Construction Management into the newly-formed School of Multidisciplinary Technologies.
A Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors and a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor, Avril is a member of the Geomatics Professional Group and leads the society’s BIM inter-professional group. She is one of DIT’s representatives on the Construction Academic Forum of the LCI with special responsibility for research, and on the BIM Academic Forum within the BIM Implementation Capability Programme of the National BIM Council.
Avril is a keen walker, when she gets the chance, but mostly enjoys spending time with her family when not working or losing time on Twitter as @BIMDIT or @GeoAv

David Gormalley, Senior Facilities Manager at The Guinness Storehouse and BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year at the BIFM Ireland Awards 2016
blank-thumbDavid Gormalley is a senior Facilities Manager at the Guinness Storehouse, and BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year at the BIFM Ireland Awards 2016. David recently gained his BSc in Property & Facilities Management, awarded by DIT. and is a member of British Institute of Facilities Management & Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

With almost 20 years of experience within the facilities management industry, David has managed projects portfolios throughout the Republic of Ireland. Using his well-honed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills to develop and implement significant FM improvements to the Guinness Storehouse which sees over 1.5 million visitors every year.

A former winner of the BIFM Ireland Awards, David is a keen advocate of the British Institute of Facilities Management and hopes to encourage fellow members to appreciate the benefits of entering accolades with the industry body for their career development.

Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)
blank-thumbLinda Hausmanis is the CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Linda has been with BIFM for over 10 years and was responsible for BIFM’s recognition as an Awarding Organisation by the four countries qualifications regulators. She was instrumental in the development of the facilities management regulated qualifications which are now recognised internationally as the benchmark of excellence and which are also embedded in the apprenticeship frameworks.

Linda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Her passion is to want to help people be the best they can be and this led to the creation of the FM Professional Standards which is used by employers and individuals around the world as the cornerstone of what excellence should be.

Before her career in professional development Linda had a long and successful career in the City of London working in Corporate Finance and it was this unusual mix of passion for education and business that led Linda to being accepted onto the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Initiative in 2017.

Award Categories Info

BIFM Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year

Open for direct entry, or nomination from an employer or colleague.


This award recognises an individual, who has made an impressive start to their career in facilities management.
Open to entrants aged 35 and under this award seeks to identify and celebrate new young talent in the Irish FM market.


Submissions should include:

  • Detail of your career to date including key milestones and achievements.
  • Demonstration of how you’ve contributed and been influential in your current and/or previous roles.
  • Evidence of commitment to learning and development through training, professional development and practicing CPD.
  • Demonstrate any activities undertaken to help promote FM as a career.

Entrants should have integrated FM experience across both hard and soft services.


The individual should provide the following information / evidence with their submission:

Open Entry:

  • Name and contact details of the entrant/nominated individual
  • Current CV (up to 2 pages)


  • Name and contact details of the entrant/nominated individual
  • Name of ‘sponsor’ and sponsors contact details
  • Support personal statement expressing why the individual should be considered for the award (approx. 500 words)
  • Current CV (up to 2 pages)
  • Nominees will need to have a ‘sponsor’ in support of their entry. Sponsors can be the individual’s line-manager, senior supporter from their organisation, or a senior figure in the wider FM profession. This must be referenced in your submission

Maximum word count for submissions – 1,500


Deadline for entries Friday 10th November 2017.
Please send entries to

Entrant = Individual putting themselves forward for the Award
Nominator = A person nominating another for the Award
Nominee = The person that has been nominated by another for the Award
Sponsor = The person that is supporting the entrant’s submission – please note in the scenario where another person is putting a submission in for another – ie a nomination – the Nominator can also be the Sponsor


BIFM Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year

Open for direct entry, or nomination from an employer or colleague.


This award seeks a role model from the Irish FM profession who has delivered cutting edge service, who acts as an ambassador for their employer, who has achieved notable career success and who demonstrates the highest levels of support and commitment to the wider FM profession.
Guidance for this award includes:

  • Candidate’s exposure and experience should reflect across a broad range of achievement in FM service and delivery.
  • They should be well connected and be considered a ‘go-to’ person and resource for colleagues and contemporaries alike.
  • They are exemplars of the FM industry and act as an inspiration to others.
  • They are opinion leaders who understand where the boundaries of the profession lie and have shown a passion for pushing those boundaries back.
  • External recognition of the candidate’s abilities, including the viability and strength of references, depth of employers’ and third party support, plus any additional points of recognition.
  • Career experience including the extent of key achievements, any salient innovations and level of budgetary responsibilities and successes.
  • Organisational impact within the candidate’s employing organisation – in particular showing how they have influenced the direction of FM within the business.
  • Overall impact in the FM industry, including public profile, thought leadership and support for the industry and wider profession.

Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding qualities, including the drive for success, commitment to and knowledge of the industry, recognition by their peers and a view on how FM helps shape the direction of their business.
Submissions should include:

    • CV – a brief summary of the candidate’s career to date (e.g. key achievements and innovations, plus any salient or innovative use of FM methodologies and other notable information).
    • A brief statement on what the candidate considers to be the challenges and opportunities facing the FM profession in Ireland and what they see as potential solutions or developments within the industry.

  • A description of the candidate’s role in their current organisation, the scale of their current challenges and opportunities, their financial/budgetary accountability and how they have sought to integrate FM strategy and delivery into the organisation’s business model.
  • Candidates should also indicate any involvement they have in training, CPD and coaching mentoring or development colleagues and fellow professionals.

Appendices should include the following:

  1. Current job description (no more than two A4 pages)
  2. Candidate’s organisation chart clearly showing their position in the chart.

Maximum word count for submissions – 2,500


Deadline for entries Friday 10th November 2017.
Please send entries to