The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has announced continued growth within Europe following the approval of two new chapters in France and Croatia, and enhanced the scope and service to existing component groups by renaming the Religious Facilities Council to the Nonprofit Facilities Council, and restoring the Health Care Council – until recently the Health Care Institute – to full council status.
Chapters and councils, along with communities, are focused networking groups within IFMA. Collectively called components, these groups allow members to connect based on geography (chapters), facility type or industry sector in which they practice (councils), or specialisation within FM (communities).
New chapters: France and Croatia
Just months after the creation of an IFMA chapter in the UK, two more bids for chapters in France and Croatia have been approved by IFMA’s global board of directors, bringing the total chapter count in Europe to 12. IFMA chapters offer local connections for FM professionals while at the same time contributing regional perspectives to the global FM community.
Continuing to build on collaborative relationships in Europe, IFMA has also joined its alliance partner Facility Management Netherlands in hosting the World Workplace Europe Meets Facility for Future Conference and Expo, which is taking place 20-22 March 2019 at the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam.
Renamed: Nonprofit Facilities Council
With a new name to reflect the reality of its constituency, the Nonprofit Facilities Council is expanding the types of FM professionals and organisations it serves. The name change recognises the audience the council has served for years, including FMs managing buildings for faith-based as well as secular charitable and community institutions.
Restored: Health Care Council
After an experimental period as a unique entity in the IFMA component taxonomy, the former Health Care Institute has been fully restored to council status as the Health Care Council. IFMA members who were a part of the institute will experience uninterrupted service and will benefit from a refreshed brand while returning to a more unified identity.
Speaking about the new announcements, Graham Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS, Chair of IFMA’s global board of directors, said: “As IFMA continues to grow and unify the global FM community, the value to our members, partners and collaborators increases. I’m extremely proud of the hard work that has both expanded the localised support IFMA can offer into two new European countries, and also extended IFMA’s value to FM professionals who work in health care and nonprofit facilities. It’s an exciting time to be in FM as IFMA works to overcome fragmentation in our industry.”