Deborah Rowland has officially been presented with her ‘Platinum Award of Excellence in FM’ following her success in the 2014 Global FM Awards, which recognise and reflect the ‘best-of-the-best’ in facilities management (FM) from across the world, as entrants only consist of award finalists from Global FM members.
Rowland, the British Institute of Facilities Management’s’ (BIFM) reigning ‘Facilities Manager of the Year’, and head of property asset management at the UK Ministry of Justice was announced as recipient of the Platinum Award on World FM Day (4 June). Today, in front of many peers and FM professionals at the Facilities Show in London, Julie Kortens, chairman of BIFM, presented Rowland with her prestigious award.
Speaking on her win, Rowland said:
“This is probably the greatest accolade I can receive from my peers and industry bodies. I am extremely proud to have won this on behalf of all UK facilities managers particularly those serving the public sector.”
Key to Rowland’s win was the creation of a central FM strategy which is assisting government in reducing the budget deficit by proving that FM is the enabler to achieving significant running cost efficiencies across the public sector estate. Working closely with key central government estate stakeholders enabled the development of the FM Contract Model which is now being procured. This will provide transparency of spend and supplier performance, consistency in FM standards and enable government to become an intelligent client.
This work helped Rowland to become the first ever individual to win a Platinum Global Award for Excellence.
Anyone looking to succeed Rowland as the BIFM ‘FM of the Year’ has until Friday 27 June to submit their completed entry.