Ireland Region Young FM of the Year Bernie McManamon, Sodexo, and Des Maguire, Managing Director of Tech Skills Resources, sponsor of the BIFM Ireland Awards.
Facility Management Professionals Recognised for Industry Excellence
Facilities Management (FM) professionals from across Ireland and beyond gathered on Friday 25 November at Croke Park for the annual BIFM Ireland Awards at the organisation’s FM Summit which was sponsored by TechSkills Resources.
Facilities Management (FM) professionals from across Ireland and beyond gathered on Friday 25 November at Croke Park for the annual BIFM Ireland Awards at the organisation’s FM Summit. Sponsored by TechSkills Resources, the industry awards were presented to Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year David Gormalley, MFK Property Services Ltd. and Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year Bernie McManamon from Sodexo. Long-standing BIFM Ireland member, Stephen Welch, NI Assembly was also recognised to celebrate his contribution to the FM industry throughout his career.
Selected by a panel of expert judges that included; Avril Behan, Assistant Head at the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the College of Engineering & Built Environment of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Trevor Smyth, Facilities Site Lead, Google Ireland and Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year at the BIFM Ireland Awards 2015, and Linda Hausmanis, Acting CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).
This year’s shortlist spanned a range of sectors from private to public and recognised individuals who have demonstrated excellence standards in their work and professional development. After tight deliberations, David Gormalley was awarded Ireland Region FM Professional of the Year based on the strides he has made in FM during his service to the Guinness Storehouse's 1.5 million annual visitors. Meanwhile Ireland Region Young FM Professional of the Year, Bernie McManamon from was acknowledged for her rise through the ranks at Sodexo by applying her engineering academic background and consistent CPD.
Des Maguire, Managing Director of awards sponsor TechSkills Resources said: “TechSkills Resource is delighted to have supported this year’s awards. The BIFM Ireland Awards are an excellent platform for promoting local industry talent and increasing the credibility of each entrant. By submitting an entry, each FM has testified to their commitment to their career progression and furthering of the industry as a whole.”
Winners of this year’s BIFM Ireland Awards were provided with €500 to claim towards their professional development courtesy of TechSkills Resources.
Pat Gaughan, chair of BIFM Ireland Region said: “BIFM Ireland is extremely grateful to TechSkills Resources for contributing their support to this year’s awards. The awards ceremony and the FM Summit itself have become key dates in the facilities management calendar as it encourages industry professionals to gather and celebrate the rapid evolution of FM worldwide. The Awards is our opportunity to display appreciation towards existing and future FM leaders.”
Hosted by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, the FM Summit served as a platform for business and facilities management professionals to exchange knowledge, information and ideas on the many facets of one of Ireland’s fastest growing professions. The summit’s theme ‘Workplace partnerships – Rethinking FM’ allowed the core speakers and local experts to give their take on driving businesses forward and delivering exceptional FM during a year that has seen especially turbulent business and political shifts. Speakers on the day included: Nasreen Begum, LinkedIn, Pat Gilroy, Designer Group, Bill Hancox, Edge Hill University, and Cassiano Mecchi, Diversity & Inclusion Admirer, Advocate and Adviser, Google UK.
About BIFM and the BIFM Ireland Region
The BIFM Ireland Region supports the facilities management community in Ireland with a growing membership across a wide geographic area stretching from the north coasts of Donegal and Antrim to the county of Kerry, far to the south. Visit www.bifm.org.uk/ireland or call 00353 1 6087752 for additional information.
The region is part of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM); the professional body for facilities management. Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 17,000 members around the world in over 80 countries, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training. For more information, visit www.bifm.org.uk, connect with us on Twitter @BIFM_UK or call us on +44 (0)1279 712 620.