Winners 2015

BIFM’s Volunteer Recognition Awards gives BIFM the opportunity to reflect on the incredible impact our committees have on the BIFM, the industry and FM professionals. These Awards also provide an important opportunity to recognise and praise volunteers who give so much of their own time to support, develop and promote the FM profession.


Photo from left to right: Bob Seddon - Chair of Workplace SIG, Michael Kenny - Chair of BIFM Scotland Region, Victoria O’Farrell - former Chair of WIFM SIG, Lucy Jeynes - current Chair of WIFM SIG and Julie Kortens - Chairman of BIFM.

The 2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards winners are:

> BIFM Regional Volunteer of the Year (two winners)


For wide recognition in supporting members and the profession across their Region and sharing knowledge across all groups.


There are two winners for this Award.

This winner has been described as always being the first to offer a helping hand on the run up to events, helping the events go from strength to strength and always having a warm welcome for delegates. This winner is now working hard to promote FM as a career of choice and has recently started to present at secondary schools throughout the region. They are being recognised for nearly a decade of hard work in promoting the region, Institute and profession as her passion and love for the industry is incredible and infectious.

Joint winner: Beth Goodyear (South West Region)

The next winner has responsibility for organising and hosting a large number of events, ensuring the themes are relevant to their audience and building relationships with Special Interest Groups to provide great content and collaboration. This winner has a passion for encouraging new, fresh talent into the industry and to raise the profile of not only BIFM, but also the FM industry as a whole. They want to continue advancing knowledge and understanding of best practice in FM and in the wider profile of the industry.

Joint winner: Mark Whittaker (North Region)

> BIFM Special Interest Group Volunteer of the Year

For wide recognition in supporting members and the profession across their Special Interest Group and sharing knowledge across all groups.

The winner regularly has ideas for events, with one idea being the most successful so far this year and her efforts in being a part of the social media campaign really help to highlight the work of the committee as they have kept up a constant feed of positive information about the profession. This winner is a committee member who is keen to ensure that any new attendees at events are not on their own; collaborates with other groups and they are and will be a great ambassador for the FM profession.

Winner: Tanya Brick (Women in FM)

Highly Commended: Victoria O’Farrell (Women in FM)


Photo from left to right: Victoria O’Farrell - former Chair of Women in FM Special Interest Group and Julie Kortens - Chairman of BIFM.

> BIFM Volunteer of the Year


This Award is presented to the winner of the Regional Committee member of the year or a winner of Special Interest Group Committee Member of the Year for the biggest contribution to the BIFM, the FM profession and fellow FM professionals.

Winner: Tanya Brick (Women in FM)

> BIFM Regional Committee of the Year


For the Region which has shown the biggest contribution to the BIFM, the whole profession and to FM professionals.


The winner delivered a wide range of events with empathises on how these events can be tied in to the BIFM competences and with high levels of attendance and positive feedback. This committee are proud of “Advancing Our Profession” by representing its rising number of members and the monthly meetings are extremely well attended which helps them to progress with planning and development.

Winner: Scotland Region

Photo: Michael Kenny - Chair of BIFM Scotland Region and Julie Kortens - Chairman of BIFM

> BIFM Special Interest Group Committee of the Year


Showing the biggest contribution to the BIFM and wider profession.


This winner prides itself on demonstrating BIFM values and competences through a wide range of events. As it is one of the most active groups, the committee contribute to sharing knowledge through these events, and through acting as representatives of BIFM. They are committed to supporting and collaborating with groups and engaging members with the delivery of a broad spectrum of FM topics at events.

Winner: Women in FM Special Interest Group

Photo Left to right: Victoria O’Farrell - former Chair or Women in FM Special Interest Group and Lucy Jeynes -  new Chair of Women in FM Special Interest Group

Highly Commended: Workplace Interest Group

Photo: Bob Seddon - Chair of Workplace SIG and Julie Kortens - Chairman of BIFM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Awards, and a huge thank you to all volunteers who make BIFM the Institute it is.

If you are interested in volunteering for BIFM please email membership@bifm.org.uk or call +44 (0) 1279 712 650.

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