Hello Workplace: BIFM Members vote for change.
05-07-18 14:0 BIFM
Members have today voted to approve the BIFM Board’s recommendation to change the Institute’s name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).
Speaking at the AGM in Manchester where the vote took place, Chairman Stephen Roots said: “I am delighted that the membership has voted to change the Institute’s name and approved the course planned for the next phase of the professional body for all those who contribute to workplace productivity.
“The Board listened to the views of members and the wider profession in shaping proposals designed to make BIFM more valuable to the FM profession, the FM industry and the wider business community.
“The Institute has a role in helping to re-set expectations and forge ahead with making workplace and facilities management a career of choice for the coming generation. This mandate means we can really grasp the opportunity presented by the leading-edge associations of workplace to reposition what FMs do.
“This Special Resolution, quite rightly, required a high level of support to succeed, but I want to say to everybody, including those members who did not feel able to vote for the resolution, that this Institute is today and will remain fundamentally the professional home for all facilities managers. The Board and I are committed to shaping an inclusive organisation that is fully committed to the advancing the FM profession.
“What we will now do both in name and in deed is re-frame expectations of the FM role, adding to it without taking anything away - and that includes our Britishness. We are changing our name, not our geographical focus, but we do recognise that many of our members, including those in Ireland and the Middle East, have broader outlooks and we will continue to work closely with them as we have done for many years.
"As we turn twenty-five we are entering an exciting new era as a professional body, transforming what we do and what we are. I look forward to working with members and colleagues to make the best of this opportunity for FM."