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BIFM announces winners of the inaugural David Batley Learner of the Year Awards

06-07-17 17:20 BIFM

Winners of the first ever David Batley Learner of the Year Awards were announced today during the 2nd annual BIFM Achievement Ceremony at BT Auditorium, London. The Achievement Ceremony celebrates those who have progressed, grown and achieved by studying for a BIFM qualification.

The David Batley Learner of the Year Awards were introduced earlier this year in recognition of individuals have used BIFM qualifications to enhance their careers  and brought added value to their organisation and the workplace.

There were two categories and the winner for each category is named as:

  • Operational Learner of the Year – Sue Bellamy
  • Strategic Learner of the Year – Jake Drummond

The Operational Learner of the Year Award 2017 recognises an achiever who has brought added value to their workplace through the skills and knowledge acquired from completion of a level 2, 3 or 4 BIFM Qualification.

This year's winner Sue Bellamy who achieved  a BIFM Level 3 Award currently works as an Executive Assistant and Facilities Manager at Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Sue's submission demonstrated how gaining her BIFM qualification helped her to successfully evaluate and improve many business services including: corporate social responsibility, business continuity and collaboration with core business activities.

Paul Macaulay, Combustion Engineer at BTFS and Stephanie Kirby, Estates Services Coordinator at University of Sussex, were also recognised as finalists in this category.

The Strategic Learner of the Year Award 2017 recognises an achiever who has brought added value to their workplace and/or wider industry through the strategic skills and knowledge acquired from completion of a level 5, 6 or 7 BIFM Qualification.

The winner, Jake Drummond, who has achieved  a BIFM Level 5 Diploma, currently works as MAT Estates & Facilities Manager at Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust.

Jake won having demonstrated how studying for a BIFM qualification has added significant value to his organisation. Following the formation of the MAT (Multi Academy Trust) and the formalisation of the relationship between the six schools in the Trust, Jake now works for the Trust where he has strategic responsibility for the facilities management function.

Lisanne Robertson, Facilities Manager, Scottish Parliament, Damion Shaw, Facilities Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University and Jennifer Tompkin, Head of Business Services, PepsiCo (Walkers Snack Foods Limited) were also recognised as finalists in this category.

BIFM Acting CEO Linda Hausmanis said:

“It is a pleasure to announce our first ever winners of The David Batley Learner of the Year Award in memory of our great BIFM ambassador. Today’s worthy winners demonstrate how our qualifications, which David helped craft, have inspired our achievers to not only develop themselves professionally, but to use their learnings to make a difference to their employer and the wider industry.”

“Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists who have showed clear examples of the positive impact that BIFM qualifications can have on business, workplace and society.”

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