Facilities management coach and current British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) deputy chair, Liz Kentish has today announced that she will not be putting herself forward as BIFM chair at next June’s BIFM AGM and will stand down as deputy chair when she reaches the end of her term.
Kentish is standing down from the BIFM board to focus on her own growing people development business, Kentish and Co (formerly Liz Kentish Coaching), which has recently expanded its offering from solely coaching and training professions from the facilities management industry to move into new sectors.
However, whilst she is stepping down in June 2014 when her term as deputy chair officially ends, she says is not stepping away from the BIFM and intends to remain an ‘active BIFM member and supporting voice’ from outside of the board room.
Kentish released a statement, to explain her decision not to stand for election as chairman:
“It is not an easy announcement to make because I have thoroughly enjoyed working with BIFM – both as deputy chair and as chair of WiFM. But I feel it is important that someone else has the same chance I have had to take BIFM and our profession forward.
“It has been inspiring to be part of the drive to professionalise facilities management and work to develop the profile of the sector so that Government and decision makers in business properly understand the value FM brings to the economy. However, the most rewarding aspect of my roles within BIFM and also WiFM has been meeting the individuals that make FM such a great profession.
“It is the people working inside the FM industry, often the unsung heroes that work directly with end users and occupiers of facilities that are the heart of successful support services. It is no secret that working with people is something that I love and being so involved with BIFM over the past few years has given me even more opportunity than normal to indulge in my passion for mixing with some great personalities.”
“The role of BIFM deputy chair is demanding, but very rewarding too – indeed I am looking forward to the next six months or so and seeing the fruition of a number of projects and helping BIFM to achieve its goals. However, it is time to move on and focus on Kentish and Co and I want to help someone else play their part inside BIFM and share the opportunities I have enjoyed in driving change within BIFM and professionalising facilities management.
“Thank you to everyone for their support – let’s carry on the good work and make a difference!”