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Thursday, 18 July

For Whom The Bell Toils

Martin G Bell.

Martin G Bell has taken the role of Chair at the IWFM - a year to the day since becoming a Fellow (FIWFM) of the Institute. He will be grafting to help members achieve professional standards and develop their softer workplace touch.

Bell said at his appointment: "IWFM is a well-functioning professional body with a solid plan and an amazing ambition for chartership. I need to articulate benefits and value to members and the need for growth and adaptation – to make sure we stay relevant.

"Our profession can add value to organisations through embracing workplace, raising our professional standards and aligning to organisations' goals.

"We can make a greater impact by developing and deploying softer skills in tandem with professional knowledge and capability - and together we can help build and support our profession's human capital."

 

22-years in the job

Bell has worked in FM since the age of 20, when he took his first job as Facilities Co-ordinator at Nortel, before embarking on a graduate programme at Johnson Controls. “Originally, I wanted to work in HR, however, the impact workplace and facilities management has on staff productivity drew me in,” he said.

22 years on, Bell now has a leading role at Nestlé Workplace Solutions, providing global facilities management guidance to many businesses, where he 'influences a global strategy for facilities management deployment and management to make Nestlé a better place to work'.

Bell joined the Institute at Member grade and worked his way up through the ranks, to Certified grade and then Fellow, which he was awarded at 2018's annual general meeting. Bell has also been a BIFM volunteer since 2012, as a member of the FM World (now Facilitate) Editorial Advisory Board and the Audit & Risk Committee – from which he now steps down because of his new role – and then as a Board member.

 

Roots

Bell takes the baton from Stephen Roots, who served as Chair from 2017 to 2019.

Picture: Martin G Bell.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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