The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is set to support the facilities management profession in the Channel Islands through the launch of a dedicated branch serving the area.
After identifying a potential need for BIFM support in the Channel Islands, the institute undertook research which showed a high interest level for a branch to serve the needs of FMs in the islands.
Darren Etasse, deputy chair of the Channel Islands branch, said: “We are delighted that BIFM is now active in the Channel Islands. A local branch will help members access BIFM events without the need to travel to mainland UK. I look forward to our branch delivering high quality and accessible development and networking events in both Jersey and Guernsey.”
The branch was officially launched with an event in Jersey on 23 April, which was then mirrored in Guernsey on 24 April. Taking place at the Radisson Blu, St Helier, and St Pierre Park Hotel, St Peter Port, the two launch events included a welcome from Etasse, followed by Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM, giving an overview of the FM industry and the direction of the institute. Linda Hausmanis then spoke about BIFM qualifications in FM.
Speaking on the launch events, which attracted over 100 attendees, Tancred said: “We were delighted with the number of facilities management professionals who took the time to join us. This really shows the need for the institute to support the Channel Islands. Anecdotal feedback included that this was the first local FM event for some delegates, and that it was great to bring the FM community together in this way. I look forward to supporting the branch, and will watch with interest the Islands' growth as they advance the FM profession across the Channel Islands. As an institute we will continue to identify any potential gaps in coverage and consult with members as to how we can close these, enabling the best access to BIFM support for all our members.”
The new branch is part of the BIFM South West Region - winner of 'Region of the Year' in the 2012 BIFM Volunteer Recognition Awards - running popular events such as the quarterly training days.
The next scheduled Channel Islands event will be hosted in June, which will highlight the legal issues and requirements of electrical, water and PAT testing.
The new Channel Islands Branch follows on from the successful launch of the BIFM Southern Ireland Branch early in 2013.