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James Illingworth OBE joins Sodexo’s Government business in advisor role

Former British Army Senior Officer, James Illingworth OBE, has been appointed as Advisor to Sodexo’s Government board to strengthen its relationships across Whitehall, the armed forces and the charity sector.

With over 35 years of strategic military experience Illingworth brings strong corporate leadership and people management skills as well as an acumen for business development.

Illingworth recently retired from the British Army as a Major General. His last post was Director Land Warfare with responsibility for leading, organising and managing the Army’s delivery of training across the UK and determining the army’s future training transformation. Previously he was Commander British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

Sodexo’s Government business segment includes the delivery of a wide range of services to military sites across the UK as well as in Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.

Also included within Sodexo’s Government business is its property professional services team which earlier this year secured a seven year, £45.3 million contract with the Metropolitan Police to manage its estate and property related services across London. The contract covers police stations, New Scotland Yard, communication facilities, residential and training centres as well as air and marine support units that support the broad spectrum of activities performed by the Metropolitan Police.

Other Government contracts include Scottish Fire & Rescue and the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking about Illingworth’s appointment, Paul Anstey, CEO Government, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “James brings a huge breadth of knowledge and understanding from his many years within the military including leading and managing diverse and complex activities both in the national and multi-national arenas.
“His experience working with key government organisations and leading large, complex organisations will undoubtedly help us develop key relationships and will provide us with expert and independent advice to support the growth of our government business.”

Webinar: Use of tech in helping FMs deliver ESG

FMJ, in partnership with PlanRadar, is pleased to bring together a panel of experts to discuss achieving ESG using the power of digitisation.

According to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) the UK’s built environment is responsible for 25 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and a large proportion of the commercial stock in the UK requires further investment to become environmentally sustainable. With climate deadlines looming, urgent action is needed.

The pandemic taught us the importance of utilising digital technology to protect people. FMs are now aware of the use of accurate data to help manage assets as well as occupants, by streamlining maintenance programmes, monitoring building assets performance and measuring the amount of energy being used.

FMs have a key role in meeting ESG goals, which include:

* Environment: Meeting sustainability goals, including net zero targets, waste reduction and recycling

* Social: Maintaining health and safety, delivering social value, equality and diversity, duty of care and investment in skills

* Governance: Compliance with all regulatory requirements and legislation, and reducing errors by the use of robust data processes.

The webinar will take place on the 11th October at 11am.

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