Rewarding excellence – FM professionals crowned
The British Institute of Facilities Management Ireland Region today announced the winners of their 2013 Recognition Awards, in front of over two hundred FM professionals at the annual BIFM Ireland Region Conference. Winners included: FM Professional of the Year Niamh Lynch, Acuman; FM Team of the Year Niamh Mental Wellbeing andFM Project of the Year Croke Park – Sustainability Initiative.
These prestigious awards, now in their third year, are designed to celebrate excellence and recognise outstanding achievements, projects and those teams and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the FM industry in Ireland, and in particular workplace services within the industry including catering, security, cleaning, maintenance, energy, IT or health & safety.
With a record number of entries across all categories, the independent judges made up by a panel of industry and academic experts from across the UK and Ireland, were overwhelmed with the standard of entries received.
Judges recognised Niamh Lynch, FM Professional of the Year and said “Niamh submitted a well-balanced presentation; she is obviously very focused and has had excellent project achievements in a relatively short period of time. Niamh demonstrated good practice with multiple evidence of this. Her contribution to the FM community is appreciated through coaching work of junior FMs and she is a strong role model for the industry.
Team of the Year was awarded to Niamh Mental Wellbeing and the judges commented “This is a small team, but it has achieved a lot and it is living the values of the organisation. This team also demonstrated a commitment to contributing to regional FM by facilitating and sharing experiences with other small organisations on similar FM projects”.
Croke Park Re-cycling Initiative received FM Project of the year, the Judges were impressed with the innovation behind the project and said, “The background of this project was well-explained, the project was innovative and the concept as a whole is excellent. There is a very obvious contribution to the community within this project.”
Stephen Welch, Chairman of the BIFM Ireland Region Committee said: “Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to all of our entrants and judges. 2013 was a great year for FM excellence, innovation and inspiration in Ireland. These awards provide the ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the outstanding work and individuals which enable our industry to grow and thrive.”
Gareth Tancred, CEO, BIFM added, “I was delighted to co-present the 2013 awards. These awards play a vital role in increasing industry standards, within what is a fast developing profession in Ireland.”
Within the UK and Ireland, facilities management is still one of the fastest growing professions. Recent reports are extremely encouraging, highlighting that the sector has massive potential to grow and develop. Therefore, it is vital that as an industry individuals and organisations put in place clear and strategic plans that will help the sector flourish in the years to come.
Picture (L-R): Alan Gallagher and Ed Brennan, Croke Park winners of FM Project of the Year, Gareth Tancred, CEO BIFM, Niamh Lynch, Acuman, winner of FM professional of the Year, Vincent Lavery and Fiona Hegarty, Niamh Mental Wellbeing, winners of FM Team of the Year.