Recognising excellence in Facilities Management, the BIFM Ireland Region Awards took place on 20th November at the BIFM Summit in Dublin.  Hosted by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, the 1 day event at Dublin's Aviva stadium saw hundreds of FM professionals come together to network and share ideas and emerging trend within the FM sector.  The theme of this year's event was "Innovation in Facilities Management" with a number of key note speakers delivering stimulating and knowledgeable talks on the day.  Speakers included Dave Malone, Performance Director at Paralympics Ireland, Monica Parker, Founder of HATCH and Jennifer Kelly, VP of Global Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google.

Sponsored by our Facilities Management faculty Centre for the Modern Environment (CME) the awards saw Edward Brennan from Syden, Co Meath announced as the Young FM Professional of the Year and Trever Smyth, from Downpatrick, Belfast received the award for FM Professional of the Year.  Judged by an independent panel of industry and academic experts, the entrants came from a mix of private, public and non for profit organisations, all of whom were recognised for their excellent work and out contribution towards this thriving industry.

After tough deliberations, Edward was chosen as he demonstrated all the characteristics of a technically strong and focused young FM - the judges stated that they were impressed by his work and educational achievements. Trevor was an outstanding contender and the judges particularly noted his understanding of the challenges and opportunities FMs face in the future and his awareness of the link between FM and productivity and the changing workplace landscape.  Both winners received a BIFM programme with CME which will add to their current skill set in Facilities Management and aid in furthering their expansive knowledge in a growing sector in Ireland.

Speaking about the awards, Rebekah Lyons, managing director of the Centre for the Modern Environment (CME) said:  “I have been involved in the judging of the BIFM Ireland awards for three years now and am always astounded by the quality of the candidates. Each day in CME, we see the value of the BIFM educational programmes to the professionalism and career progression of FMs”.

Adding to this, Pat Gaughan, chair of BIFM Ireland Region said: “The BIFM FM awards continue to go from strength to strength and this is particularly evident in the high calibre of entrants again this year. The fact that the winners came from such diverse companies and sectors within the FM community is a reflection of the rapid growth and spread of BIFM in Ireland in such a short space in time. With over 400 members, a 30% increase on last year, BIFM is recognised as the largest organisation of FM professionals across the island of Ireland.  Heartiest congratulations to the all those who received awards this year.”





From left to right -

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Edward Brennan, Pat Gaughan, Rebekah Lyons

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Trevor Smyth, Pat Gaughan, Rebekah Lyons