‘Best of BIFM will thrive in IWFM’: Profession honours brightest stars on the eve of Institute’s transition


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05 November 2018


This article was first published by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) which became the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) on 12 November 2018.

Individuals and teams representing the pinnacle of the workplace and facilities management profession stepped into the limelight on Monday night when the winners of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards 2018 were announced.

Now in their eighteenth year, the Awards celebrate the profession’s finest, honouring those whose outstanding work has driven innovation and achieved exceptional results in the organisations they work; benchmarking excellence and inspiring others across the industry.

In the most anticipated night of the FM year, thirteen winners were revealed from forty-six finalists at a sparkling ceremony in front of an audience of over a thousand workplace and facilities management professionals. Hosted by journalist, producer and TV presenter Steph McGovern at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, the occasion also feted a further nine finalists, whose initiatives were highly commended by the judges.

Awards were presented in thirteen categories across the themes of People, Innovation and Impact.

Director, Nodus Solutions and BIFM Awards chair of judges Steve Gladwin said:

“Our Awards reflect the truly diverse nature of our profession, and they represent its gold standard.
In them we celebrate not only the contribution of FM to society, but also the technological and environmental innovations and impacts that are driving us all forward.

“Being a finalist in the BIFM Awards is a great achievement, and a great encouragement to others within the profession

BIFM Chairman Stephen Roots said:

“Our Awards honour hard work and success and they let the brightest FM stars shine.

“The profession’s come a long way – you can track it’s growth through the Award categories added over the years as it has grown in stature and reach.

“As we transition to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management next month, we will ensure that the best of BIFM lives on in IWFM; and there can be no better expression of this than through our leading Awards, which will debut as the IWFM Awards next year.

The winners were:

PeopleThe individuals, teams and organisations who invest in their people, who lead and drive improvement.

Newcomer of the Year
Winner: Paul McNally, VINCI Facilities
Highly Commended: Shiloh Johal, Bellrock

Leader of the Year
Winner: David Carr

Manager of the Year
Winner: Laura Birnbaum, HM Courts and Tribunals Service Facilities
Highly Commended: Marie Turner, LiveWest

Team of the Year
Winner: Kier Workplace Services and Cardiff Council
Highly Commended: London Stadium, VINCI Facilities

Lifetime Achievement
Winner: Oliver Jones

Innovation: Recognising cutting-edge developments in facilities management and the benefits they bring.

Innovation in Technology and Systems
Winner: Digital FM – The New Era, Emaar Facilities Management LLC
Highly Commended: BAM Facilities Management – Horus, Sentinel

Innovation in Products and Services
Winner: Innovation Gateway
Highly Commended: Anyjunk

Innovation in Professional Development (large organisations)
Winner: Premier Technical Services Group PLC
Highly Commended: GWS Connect – a new way of onboarding, CBRE global Workplace Solutions

Impact: Highlighting the tangible impact outstanding facilities management brings to business, the environment and society.

Impact on Customer Experience
Winner: Hinchingbrooke Treatment Centre, Kier Workplace Services, Prospect Healthcare

Impact on Employee Experience
Winner: intu Properties
Highly Commended: The impact of Wellbeing on Performance at the Frontline of Facilities Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Impact on the Environment
Winner: Carbon Management Programme, University of Oxford
Highly Commended: International Commerce Centre, Kai Shing Management Services Limited

Impact on Organisational Performance
Winner: Newable – A Brave New Workspace, WhereWeWork Ltd
Highly Commended: Lift Your Wellbeing (LYW) Programme, Skanska

Impact on Society
Winner: Abilities in Facilities, Sewell Facilities Management in partnership with Mencap

The IWFM Awards 2019 will open for entries in January.