16 Oct 2017


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

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.