13 May 2021 12pm – 1pm Webinar Online


World FM Day is a time when workplace and facilities professionals take a moment to reflect on their past achievements, whilst many embrace the opportunity to connect with others in celebration. It is a day to share experiences, to promote our profession and, most importantly, to celebrate our successes. It is also the day that the Global FM Awards are announced.

Rising FMs has chosen this time to celebrate the careers of those working in our profession across the Globe by inviting Mark Whyte, Bill Richards, Katerina Ford and Pleun Van Deurrsen to share their stories.

Each of these professionals has come from very different backgrounds and, having successfully built their careers, ventured off to further enhance their skills and abilities.

Please join Scott Wilderspin and Elliot Valentine, our hosts from our Rising FMs SIG, to celebrate all things FM and hear about the fascinating careers of our panel.


Katerina Ford

Katerina has had a long career in the FM industry, starting out as an Operations Manager and progressing to a Regional Account Manager successfully delivering large TFM contracts in a number of European countries. She has worked for a number of large FM service providers, with diverse clients like Home Office, American Express, BT, Colt and currently Dell and really found her niche in the international service delivery and managing people across a number of countries.

Bill Richards

Bill Started his career in the landscaping Industry eventually moving into cleaning services. Bill developed into Management, specialising in the transport sector. Having established himself in soft services, Bill has progressed into Full Fm services and is now the Sub - regional lead within a £65m portfolio based in Singapore but overseeing 8 countries in Asia. Bill hadn’t gone down the Graduate route and gives us an insight as to why his career was able to proceed given the skills he learnt during his early career.   

Pleun Van Deurssen


Pleun is an award winning facilities management professional with extensive experience in workplace and facilities management. As previous Chair for the IWFM Rising FM’s, Pleun is now a Lecturer in the Netherlands for Workplace and Facilities Management.   

Mark Whyte

Mark Whyte worked hard to develop his career for a Company called Churchill Services and was instrumental in the growth of the North of England where he later became Operations Director. Having seen such success, he relocated to Australia with his Family where he continues his success.