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New Appointments in Facilities Management – November 2021

New Appointments in Facilities Management – November 2021
25 November 2021 | Updated 24 November 2021

Let's take a look at the latest new appointments and promotions this month, in the facilities and workplace management industry.





JLL Establishes Diversity and Inclusion Client Advisory Services 


JLL has announced the appointment of Blessing Buraimoh as Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Workforce Advisory, EMEA who will be responsible for supporting clients across the region in building diverse and inclusive workplaces for their people.

In her new role, Blessing will lead JLL’s D&I client advisory services in the region, working with businesses to implement innovative strategies and programmes to help companies attract a wider talent pool with different backgrounds and lifestyles, and to foster workplaces that promote inclusion and encourage everyone to thrive.

With 10 years of industry experience, Blessing joins from Business in the Community, UK’s largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business, where she was most recently the Diversity and Inclusion Lead. She has a strong track record of designing and implementing robust D&I strategies, driving change through policy development and review for global businesses across different sectors.

Lee Daniels, Head of Workforce Advisory, EMEA, JLL, said: “We believe that placing diversity and inclusion at the core of the business helps to maintain and grow company culture, increase performance and collaboration, and ultimately improve organizational success.

As staff come back to the office and companies consider their future of work strategies, businesses have an opportunity to rethink their inclusivity and the ways a redefined workplace can support their D&I goals. Blessing’s expertise will be invaluable as we embark on this exciting journey with our clients, helping them develop strategies that put people at the heart of their business plans.”

Blessing Buraimoh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Workforce Advisory, EMEA, JLL, commented: “Over the past year, I have seen many organisations make progress on their D&I efforts, but there is still so much more to do. I am excited to join JLL at such an exciting time and look forward to helping employers accelerate progress and create and sustain workforces where everyone, regardless of their backgrounds, can feel welcome, included and can achieve their ambitions.”


Tracey Hammond Promoted to Head of Health and Safety at Bidvest Noonan


Bidvest Noonan has appointed Tracey Hammond as Head of Health and Safety for Security Solutions. Tracey previously worked at Axis as a Health and Safety Manager, and prior to this, she served as a Police Officer with the Hampshire Police for 30 years, 18 of which were as Sergeant. Her extensive experience will see her take a leading role in ensuring compliance of health, safety, quality, and environmental legislations throughout the Bidvest Noonan business. 

During her early police career, Tracey dealt with several workplace fatalities which were conducted alongside the Health and Safety Executive. As a result of this experience, Tracey developed an interest in the field of health and safety and took the first steps to qualify as a safety professional in addition to her police role as a Custody Officer. She became the lead on safety for Hampshire Police Federation for 13 years and engaged with various national committees including the provision of stab vests, working at height, and the national forum of custody officers. She also had a role supporting the welfare of police officers during the 2012 Olympics. 

Eddie Ingram, Managing Director, said: “Tracey is a welcome investment in our business. Her expertise in health and safety will ensure we deliver the highest standards of service to our clients while complying with health and safety standards and safeguarding the wellbeing of our employees.” 

Tracey added: “I am passionate about health and safety and am excited about the future of this role and to be working alongside my new colleagues. I am looking forward to identifying opportunities to develop best practice, promote awareness, and engage with individuals across the business”


Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy Appointed Institute of Directors Award 2021 Finalist 


Midlands MD, Marisa Firkins, CMIOSH of Safety Forward Ltd, was shortlisted for the Midlands IOD Agility & Resilience Award, after losing 35 per cent of its revenue in March 2020 as COVID-19 struck.

Utilising grant funding from Staffordshire Business Skills Hub, Staffordshire Innovation and Government Grants it has upskilled, including SMAS (Safety Management Advisory Service). Marisa Firkins says: “I was so thrilled to find a young man locally via the Govt. Kick Start Programme which we are using again. My best talent has a limited skillset but passion and drive. I will provide technical, qualifications and mentoring.” It is also recruiting qualified, experienced consultants locally, in the Midlands and UK.”

The company offers free PDF COVID-19 Health and Safety Guides available to download from its website, including a business continuity plan, business impact analysis, developing a return-to-work plan, pandemic contingency plan, COVID-19 Tool Box Talk, free health & safety health check. Introductory webinars and podcasts for local businesses.

Marisa believes: “The pandemic and supporting clients through COVID-19 has reinforced just how important people are within businesses as assets requiring care and consideration. Effectively managing remote workers attracts the best talent.”

"Contracts are negotiable, flexible and ethical. Traditional health and safety methods will need to change and adapt in light of the greatest overhaul our economy has seen.” Marisa concludes.

Marisa worked for the National Crime Agency UK for over 22 years moving into health & safety, setting up Safety Forward eight years ago. 

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 25 November 2021


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