A Time for Reflection
Kia ora koutou,
We can approach the end of another year with a great sense of satisfaction for what FMANZ has achieved.
The 2017 FM Summit set the scene with the theme of ‘Forward FM’ and your professional association has certainly made progress on some significant actions this year.
Members are always at the heart of the organisation, and we have seen membership growth and participation strengthen through the branches, particularly with the establishment of a new Dunedin branch, and Waikato/Bay of Plenty expanding into Tauranga. Branch Committee Chairs are now meeting twice a year to coordinate our national networks and discuss membership matters common across both the North and South Islands.
Advocacy has been a key focus for FMANZ as we work to be recognised as the authoritative voice of and for FM in New Zealand and to raise the profile and status of the role and professionalism of facilities managers. This year I have represented FMANZ at the New Zealand Construction Council’s quarterly meetings, and more recently at the New Zealand Green Building Council’s launch of its Green Star Performance for the country’s existing 41,000 commercial buildings, so very relevant to facilities managers.
(Pictured L to R: Andrew Eagles, CEO, NZGBC; Connal Townsend, CEO, Property Council; Dr Lee Bint, Sustainability Building Scientist, BRANZ; John Munro, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland; Gilllian Wess, CEO, FMANZ.)
FMANZ’s contribution was also requested by BRANZ this month, when I was invited to attend a workshop in Wellington on The Built Environment and Climate Change. FMers have an important role to play to influence cultural change and sustainability practices for the good of our buildings and the environment.
FMANZ will also soon be influencing the delivery of fire services with an industry standard Fire Services Contract. The Maintenance and Service Standards Committee has worked extremely hard to draft the contract, which is now in its final stages of testing before being launched in the new year. This project has been a fine example of cooperative skills and knowledge sharing to produce a standard contract to benefit our industry.
To recognise and celebrate excellence in FM, the 2018 FM Awards have been announced and nominations are called for The Brian Happy Award for Facilities Manager of the Year, The Young Achiever of the Year Award, as well as a new award for Service Provider of the Year. It is my observation that FMers do not often seek personal recognition; however I do encourage you all to spend time over the summer thinking of someone who is worthy of these awards and to submit your nominations by 29 March. And as you can now self-nominate, that Award winner may be you!
What else is there to look out for in 2018? An Education Survey will soon be in your inbox to guide members’ and employers’ FM training needs. New membership categories based on members’ skills and qualifications will be phased in, and these will be aligned to the FMANZ professional competencies framework and FMANZ’s educational programme.
Coming full circle, the 2018 FM Summit will be held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on the Auckland waterfront on Wednesday and Thursday 23 and 24 May. Our impressive two-day programme of thought leadership, networking and learning is just about finalised, with the new feature of a Friday 25 May optional extra day of morning site visits and a social excursion for the afternoon and evening. This premium event is absolutely not to be missed.
The end of the year is also a time to express gratitude to many people who have worked really hard to ensure that FMANZ maintains its high levels of achievement and professionalism. I thank the FMANZ Board, Board Committees, and Branch Committees, together with our highly valued sponsors who give so much to the Association throughout the year. FMANZ’s absolutely fabulous and talented management team of Sascha, Sara and Marjolein continue to push the boundaries to keep your Association functioning and succeeding.
Do enjoy your summer break and take time to relax and refresh. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to working for and with you all in 2018.
Nga mihi nui,