Rising Talent in Facilities Management

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This Award recognises a single FM professional who has made a significant contribution to their organisation and the FM profession within the first five years of entering the FM arena.

WINNER: Mark Leighton; Cofely

Mark blew us away with his amazing passion, innovation and creativity in his approach to everything he does. His story was diverse and highly creative demonstrating dedication and a desire to learn and progress that has seen his rising career take him from apprentice to graduate scheme to a management role.

He is an amazingly inspirational young man and a powerful ambassador for FM. He showed clear enthusiasm and boundless passion and promotion of FM as a career with lots of evidence of encouraging and helping other young people to enter and progress in the FM industry.

Mark has made the most of every opportunity that has come his way and has gained a wide and diverse range of experience across a variety of FM setting from the Olympic park to local authority offices. He delivered a diverse range of evidence of his operational impact with initiatives that have improved accounts for employer / client. He has recently been promoted to Business Improvement Manager and has been successful in delivering real operational contributions, impacting on his clients, customers and his colleagues.

Mark is an inspirational role model for all rising FMs and an exemplar to showcase to others coming into our industry.



Andrew’s risings career in FM has been meteoric. Seeing him rise to Associate Director within a few short years, he is tirelessly committed to FM as a career of choice, is passionate about encouraging young people to progress in their careers and in promoting apprenticeships in the FM industry. He has an MSc in the BE and is already an exemplary ambassador for FM, he is the current Chair of Young FM  Group as well as an active committee member of BIFM Rising FMs SIG.