The British Cleaning Council has appointed Patrick Jongbloet to its secretariat function. In a newly created role, he will undertake a range of responsibilities including coordinating all the BCC’s budgets and financial activity and the management of external suppliers.
Working closely with Pat Wherton, the BCC’s secretary general, Jongbloet will also be responsible for a number of planning and reporting tasks, and will support Pat Wherton and the BCC executive across various projects and campaigns. In addition, his new role will see him being the main point of contact between the BCC executive and the 21 trade and membership associations which make up the council.
Prior to joining the BCC Jongbloet spent over 20 years working in the facilities management sector. This included 10 years as a senior consultant with the FM Guru consultancy and five years at Emprise Services, ending his stint there as group director responsible for health and safety, quality assurance and supply management. These roles saw him work on national and international projects for a diverse range of clients including Eurotunnel, Primark and the Royal Mail Group.
He has also worked with public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including government departments, charities, utility suppliers, and higher education providers.
BCC chair, Stan Atkins, said: “Continuing the success in growing its membership, expanding its support services to members, and increasing its participation in the field of policy influence, the BCC has acknowledged the need for additional staff resources to take us on to another level. Further, with the Cleaning Show now established as an annual event which requires more resources, this is the right time to increase the council’s capacity. Patrick’s credentials are incredibly strong, and he has worked across a wide range of sectors which mirror the diverse membership and multi-faceted work of the council. I’m confident he will be a great asset, and will add extensive value to both the BCC and our membership.”
Patrick Jongbloet said: “The BCC is the undisputed voice of cleaning in the UK, an industry which is worth over £24 billion to the national economy and employs 700,000 people. I’m therefore greatly looking forward to using my experience gained over two decades within FM and related industries to support the council and its members, helping to strengthen this vitally important and dynamic sector in the process.”