The winners of the BIFM Volunteer Recognition Awards were announced at the BIFM Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 11 July 2013.
The awards recognise and praise the achievements of BIFM volunteers (Chairs and Committee Members) who run the BIFM regions and SIGs and provide high quality events for our members, share and disseminate FM industry knowledge and ‘give back’ to the BIFM and FM industry.
Congratulations to all the winners:
> SIG of the Year: Rising FMs
Highly commended - Women in FM
For the second year running, Rising FMs were awarded SIG of the year. It was felt they exceeded the judging criteria - and every year they go from strength to strength with a dedicated committee and a wide range of events, with a vocal commitment to promote the FM profession - ensuring FM is a ‘career of choice’.
> Region of the Year: South West
This year’s region of the year was named as the South West committee who continue to tirelessly lead by example. They have continued to produce the excellent and well received quarterly training days and breakfast seminars. However in addition, the South West committee has also come together and helps support representation of BIFM in the Channel Islands - extending and reach and further the wok of the Institute to a new audience.
Highly commended - Ireland
> Regional Committee Member of the Year: Ashleigh Brown - Home Counties
Highly commended - Gareth Andrews, South West
Ashleigh has worked hard as a committee member of Home Counties Region in supporting events of, as well as supporting and reinvigorating the South Region. Alongside this she has also supported and developed excellent work in producing a uniform pricing structure for all regions and SIGs to work towards. It felt that this was truly deserving for the selfless way in which she had not only supported in her own region, but her enthusiasm to support others and creating frameworks that can support SIGs and regions nationally and for the benefit of all.
> SIG Committee Member of the Year: Claire Akin, Rising FMs
Claire has shown herself to be a great leader and support to newer committee members. She also ensures the SIG uses BIFM Competences to plan in the required CPD events (more when possible) and champions giving our members the best experiences and learning that the SIG can offer. It would be fair to say that Rising FMs has long been a ‘beacon group’, and as such stepping into the role of chair meant Claire had big boots to fill. However since coming into post Claire has taken on the challenge, bringing everyone together, and continuing to build and develop on the groups previous success.
> Volunteer of the Year: Gareth Andrews, South West Region
Gareth Andrews is deserving of special praise and recognition which goes beyond being a chair of the South West region. His sheer amount of time and commitment to BIFM could not be unrecognised. Gareth has been chair of the South West for 18 months. His leadership skills have certainly led him to create a successful region with highly motivated committee members. Gareth’s biggest accolade is his assistance in establishing the BIFM Channel Islands Branch. He spent hours working hard to form a committee and establish branches in Jersey and Guernsey, then gave up his own time to fly across to attend both launch events. But it’s not just the Channel Islands, the South West is a large region and it’s not uncommon to find Gareth out and about, acting as an ambassador for the Institute. Behind the scenes he has also been a great support in developing ideas around best practice and some of the guidance developed as part of the new online volunteer resource centre.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the awards for 2013, helping BIFM and members recognise the fantastic work of so many volunteers who help make the Institute such a fantastic organisation.
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