BIFM Ireland Region Recognition Awards

Ireland's top FM professionals recognised for industry excellence

Facilities Management (FM) professionals from across Ireland and beyond gathered at Dublin's Croke Park for the annual BIFM Ireland Awards at the organisation’s FM Summit on Friday 25 November.

Sponsored by TechSkills Resources, the industry awards were presented to Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year David Gormalley, of MFK Property Services Ltd, and Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year Bernie McManamon, from Sodexo. Long-standing BIFM Ireland member, Stephen Welch, from the Northern Ireland Assembly was also recognised to celebrate his contribution to the FM industry throughout his career.

The winners were selected by a panel of expert judges that included; Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Trevor Smyth, Facilities Site Lead at Google Ireland and Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year at the BIFM Ireland Awards 2015, and Linda Hausmanis, Acting CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

This year’s shortlist spanned a range of sectors from private to public and recognised individuals who have demonstrated excellence standards in their work and professional development. After tight deliberations, David Gormalley was awarded Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year based on the strides he has made in FM during his service to the Guinness Storehouse's 1.5 million annual visitors.

Meanwhile Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year, Bernie McManamon was acknowledged for her rise through the ranks at Sodexo by applying her engineering academic background and consistent CPD.

Des Maguire, managing director of awards sponsor TechSkills Resources, said: “TechSkills Resource is delighted to have supported this year’s awards. The BIFM Ireland Awards are an excellent platform for promoting local industry talent and increasing the credibility of each entrant. By submitting an entry, each FM has testified to their commitment to their career progression and furthering of the industry as a whole.”

Winners of this year’s BIFM Ireland Awards were provided with €500 to claim towards their professional development courtesy of TechSkills Resources.

Pat Gaughan, chairman of BIFM Ireland Region, said: “BIFM Ireland is extremely grateful to TechSkills Resources for contributing their support to this year’s awards. The awards ceremony and the FM Summit itself have become key dates in the facilities management calendar as it encourages industry professionals to gather and celebrate the rapid evolution of FM worldwide. The Awards is our opportunity to display appreciation towards existing and future FM leaders.”

Hosted by TV personality Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, the FM Summit served as a platform for business and facilities management professionals to exchange knowledge, information and ideas on the many facets of one of Ireland’s fastest growing professions. The summit’s theme ‘Workplace partnerships – Rethinking FM’ allowed the core speakers and local experts to give their take on driving businesses forward and delivering exceptional FM during a year that has seen especially turbulent business and political shifts.

Speakers on the day included: Nasreen Begum, LinkedIn, Pat Gilroy, Designer Group, Bill Hancox, Edge Hill University, and Cassiano Mecchi, Diversity & Inclusion Admirer, Advocate and Adviser, Google UK.

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2015

Searching for extraordinary individuals operating within the facilities management industry in Ireland, the BIFM Ireland Region Awards took place on Friday, 20 November at the inaugural Facilities Management Summit from BIFM in Dublin. Sponsored by the Centre for the Modern Environment (CME) at Portobello Institute, the BIFM Ireland Region Awards saw Edward Brennan from Syden, County Meath, announced as winner of the Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year, while Trevor Smyth, from Downpatrick, County Belfast, was awarded Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year in front of hundreds of leading FM professionals at Dublin’s AVIVA Stadium.

Entries were judged by an independent panel of industry and academic experts. Entrants included individuals from the public, private and voluntary sectors, all of whom are recognised for their excellent work and the standard they are setting for this thriving industry.

After tough deliberations, Edward was chosen as he demonstrated all the characteristics of a technically strong and focussed young FM - the judges stated that they were impressed by his work and educational achievements. Trevor was an outstanding contender and the judges particularly noted his understanding of the challenges and opportunities FMs face in the future and his awareness of the link between FM and productivity and the changing workplace landscape.

Speaking about the awards, Rebekah Lyons, managing director of the Centre for the Modern Environment (CME) said:  “I have been involved in the judging of the BIFM Ireland awards for three years now and am always astounded by the quality of the candidates. Each day in CME, we see the value of the BIFM educational programmes to the professionalism and career progression of FMs”.

Adding to this, Pat Gaughan, chair of BIFM Ireland Region said: “The BIFM FM awards continue to go from strength to strength and this is particularly evident in the high calibre of entrants again this year. The fact that the winners came from such diverse companies and sectors within the FM community is a reflection of the rapid growth and spread of BIFM in Ireland in such a short space in time. With over 400 members, a 30% increase on last year, BIFM is recognised as the largest organisation of FM professionals across the island of Ireland.  Heartiest congratulations to the all those who received awards this year.”

As winner of the Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year, Edward will have the opportunity to undertake a BIFM level 3 Diploma in FM with CME, while as Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year, Trevor will have the option to undertake BIFM level 5 Diploma in FM*.

Hosted by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, the FM Summit served as a platform for business and facilities management professionals to exchange knowledge, information and ideas on the many facets of one of Ireland’s fastest growing professions. The summit’s theme ‘Innovation in FM – Delivering the Impossible’ allowed the core speakers and local experts to give their take on driving businesses forward and delivering exceptional FM during Ireland’s current economic recovery. Speakers on the day included: Dave Malone, performance director at Paralympics Ireland, Monica Parker, founder of HATCH and Jennifer Kelly, VP of Global Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google.

2014

The BIFM Ireland Region announced winners of their 2014 Recognition Awards, supported by VickerStock Engineering Recruitment, in front of over 250 FM professionals on 17 November 2014 at the annual BIFM Ireland Region Conference.

Winners included:

> FM Professional of the Year Edwin Fleming, Sodexo
> FM Team of the Year Titanic Belfast
> FM Project of the Year BS Holdings – Going Green at Charles Hurst.

These prestigious awards, celebrate excellence and recognise outstanding achievements and projects; and those teams and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the FM industry in Ireland.

2014 FM Professional of the Year

Judges recognised Edwin Fleming, Sodexo, FM Professional of the Year and said, "This was the most difficult category to judge due to the level of professionalism and vast experience of some of the entrants. Mr Fleming gave a consistent and well evidenced submission.

The judges commented on the inclusion and application of building information modelling (BIM) and other tools such as 6 sigma to FM. Edwin brought value to outside the workplace and was considered overall to define the role of FM Professional of the Year".

2014 Team of the Year

Team of the Year was awarded to Titanic Belfast’s In-House Facilities Team.

The judges commented, "This team had to combine operations activities with physical facilities and integrate this into a visitor experience. It was very much a team effort and they faced some really difficult challenges including a theme park ride in a building.

Overall there is immense recognition of the team within the submission and the judging panel believed they delivered ’a cracking job’".

2014 Project of the Year

BS Holdings’ Going Green project at Charles Hurst received recognition for FM Project of the Year.

The judges were impressed with the innovation behind the project and said, "This was an innovative project producing sustainability that is scalable.

The project used renewable technologies and building services equipment that generated significant energy savings and introduced the use of carbon neutral fuel for heating and cooling."