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FMJ debate to discuss how should FM be redefined for the C21st?

FMJ is holding an RICS-IFMA debate at the RICS HQ on the evening of 25 October – with the topic for discussion being how should FM be redefined for the C21st? According to research by AMA, the FM market has grown steadily over the last few decades, driven by rising awareness of the benefits outsourcing can offer and the fact that outsourcing enables both private and public sector organisations to concentrate on their core competencies.

But there are many challenges affecting the sector, including digital disruption, ever more flexible working patterns and the realisation of the huge impact the workplace can have on performance and wellbeing. Some commentators have asked, is the role of the FM evolving into that of a workplace manager rather than simply someone responsible for building and building services? Is the best way to attract more young people into the profession to change the way FM is defined, even going so far as to drop the term facilities altogether?

In this debate we will hear views from a group of thought leaders within the FM sector, some of whom support radically redefining FM for the 21st century to those that warn there is a danger of losing sight of the main purpose and direction of FM.

Deborah Rowland
Director Public Sector Affairs at Sodexo and member of RICS FM Board is a property and facilities management professional with over 20 years practice in private and public sectors, as a client, consultant and supplier.

Martin Pickard
, FRICS FBIFM FM Guru Martin Pickard is a professional consultant, speaker, writer and trainer with over 40-years experience in Facilities Management.

Owen Gower, CBIFM, Business Performance and Quality Manager for the Facilities Directorate at Sheffield Hallam University

Andrew Mawson, Director, Advanced Workplace Associates and a leading thinker and speaker on matters ‘work and place’.

Trina Marshall, Principal, Regional Leader of Consulting for HOK with nearly 20 years of experience providing workplace and portfolio expertise, including senior leadership roles within the Global Workplace Solutions division of CBRE and Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions division.

The event, will run from 18.00-20.30 at RICS HQ in Parliament Square and will allow for networking before and after the debate when drinks/snacks shall be served.

To register for tickets please click here.

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