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An induction from the FMANZ Hall of Fame

By April 12, 2024April 15th, 2024No Comments

To properly represent our members, it’s crucial to get a good understanding of what FM is and what FM’s do. With this in mind, we sent our new team members, Pam Sanford-Scutt, Operations & Membership Manager, and Donna Davies, Communications & Brand Manager, on a fun-filled, fact-finding mission. Armed with notepads and a keen dose of enthusiasm, the pair set about gleaning insights into the FM world. Here’s what they had to say……

What a whirlwind first few weeks it’s been. It’s fair to say that both Pam and I had enough knowledge of the FM industry to successfully navigate the recruitment process, but we’re both fully aware we have a steep learning curve in our respective roles to do the best we possibly can for members. So, we jumped at the chance to get amongst it and learn first-hand from ‘those on the job’.

First up, we stopped in with Steve Simpson, Senior Facilities Manager for Colliers and Chair of the Auckland branch committee, and Andrew Potter, Director, Occupier Services for Colliers. It was great to get the low down on Colliers occupier and facilities management services for a range of high profile clients. A visit down the road to the BNZ Tower helped put this into context, with Logan Cudby, BNZ National Facilities Manager sharing insights into the opportunities and challenges of managing 240 BNZ sites, with support from Colliers.

We indulged in a little culture during our next tour, with a behind-the-scenes look at Auckland Art Gallery, courtesy of Richard Boyter, Senior Facilities Manager, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited. Richard’s passion was extremely infectious as he walked us through the Gallery’s decarbonisation project and some of the challenges in sustaining optimal conditions to protect the artworks.

Having attended many concerts and events at Spark Arena, it was a highlight to be hosted by Matt Milligan CFMANZ, Head of Property, Spark Arena. From getting a birds-eye-view of the arena from the overhead ‘catwalk’, hearing the challenges (and hairy stories) of managing thousands of concertgoers on any given evening, to checking out the incident control room and dressing rooms of the stars – what a privilege!

Cushman Wakefield delivered an excellent introduction to facilities management in a large facilities service provider, hosted by Paul Huggins CFMANZ, Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield and FMANZ Board Chair and John Hutchings Northern Regional FM Director and former Chair of FMANZ Awards Committee. With our learning put into context during a drive-by tour of Auckland Airport’s commercial property portfolio, thanks to Hanna Welsby, Facilities Manager at Cushman Wakefield, and member of the Auckland branch committee.

Auckland Zoo was the icing on the cake – a chance to get up close to the animals, with a unique perspective on the intricacies of managing both the public spaces and those of the animals, courtesy of Niki Walker, Facilities Manager, Auckland Zoo.

It’s not often you get the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of our much-loved, iconic Auckland institutions, so we feel privileged for the opportunity. A special thanks to all our hosts, who share a collective passion and pride in their roles, which is truly inspiring. We are now ready to represent you with all the passion and energy you have all given us.