Julie Kortens confirmed as new BIFM Chair
New Chair is currently Head of Corporate Services at Channel 4 with responsibility for FM and corporate real estate.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has confirmed that Julie Kortens, Head of Corporate Services at Channel 4, will be the 12th Chairman of the Institute – starting a two-year tenure in July 2014.
Kortens, who was elected Chairman by the BIFM Board said: “I am delighted to have been voted as Chair-Elect. I am passionate about my role as an FM, and I am so pleased that as Chairman I will be an ambassador representing BIFM and promoting the interests of all my FM colleagues. I am relishing the opportunity.
“During the two years I have served on the Board, I’ve been witness to great progress in the Institute – and the wider profession. I very much look forward to taking the helm and building on these strong foundations during my term. BIFM recently announced its new strategy – so we have a clear direction and are united in where we wish the FM profession to be. I think my two year tenure will see many exciting developments. Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time volunteering for BIFM, being Chairman is the pinnacle for me.”
Current BIFM Chairman, Ismena Clout, said “Julie has very dynamic, versatile and strong skills, which will lend themselves very well to this position, making her the ideal new Chairman. When my term ends in July the Institute will be in safe hands. Until that date, Julie and I will work very closely together to ensure a smooth transition. Congratulations Julie.”
BIFM will shortly be announcing the new Deputy Chair, as voted by the Board, who will also commence a two-year tenure in July.
About Julie Kortens
Highly regarded within the FM industry, Julie Kortens is Head of Corporate Services at Channel 4. Her responsibilities include FM and corporate real estate as well as the Channel 4 indirect procurement function; business continuity; corporate responsibility and the archives & document management team.
Julie spent 15 years working in HR before moving to her current role; completing an MA in Employment Strategy and qualifying as an Executive Coach. She has also managed a range of internal communications functions and employee engagement projects.
Julie was BIFM’s FM of the Year in 2010 and the Women in the City Woman of Achievement (FM Category) in 2011. She is a Non-Executive Director of the BIFM and the immediate past Chair of Women in FM. @jkortens
For more information visit www.bifm.org.uk or telephone +44(0)1279 712 620 @BIFM_UK