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Roots To Succeed

25 November 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

The British Institute of Facilities Management has confirmed that Stephen Roots, Divisional Director FM and Health & Safety, AA Projects, will be the next Chairman of the Institute – starting his tenure from 1st January 2017 and succeeding Julie Kortens current Chairman.

Elected as the next Chairman at the October Board meeting, Stephen Roots, said: “It was a huge honour to be voted as Chairman-Elect of BIFM and I look forward to taking up the post from January. Throughout my career in FM I have passionately supported and endorsed the role that the Institute has to play in representing the interests of the profession, raising standards and providing the educational framework and services for FM professionals to develop.

“I have been actively involved with the BIFM for 12 years as a volunteer first within my region, and with the BIFM Board for 4 years and most recently as Deputy Chairman. Having worked closely with Julie and the Board, I am excited to be taking the helm to continue to build on these foundations and the strategy set by the Board, which is already starting to yield results and which I believe is the key to the future success of the Institute.

“I also want to take this moment on behalf of the Board to thank Julie Kortens for all she has done for BIFM over her tenure. I have worked closely with Julie during this time and seen the hard work put in to direct, change and evolve the Institute to build its resilience and ability to grow into the future. Her continued support, guidance and counsel is invaluable, and I personally thank Julie for the support she has lent me in this transition."

Current BIFM Chairman, Julie Kortens, said: “Having worked with Steve on the BIFM Board for the past few years and on Members Council before that I am confident he will make an excellent Chairman. He has been an integral part of the team that has helped to shape our future strategy, and I believe he will be an excellent champion throughout its implementation.

“At the request of the Board in November 2015, I agreed to extend my original tenure as BIFM Chairman to ensure continuity and a smooth transition. Knowing the strength we have in place with the Executive and the Board I feel confident in handing the reins over to the next Chairman. With a new year ahead I feel it is the right time for me to step down and hand over.”

Ashleigh Brown continues in her post as Deputy Chairman.

One of the major developments during Kortens’ Chairmanship has been the opening up of routes to the Board, part of the wider governance changes that were ratified at the 2016 AGM. Over the coming weeks there will be more information on this new nomination and selection process for non-Executive Director positions to the Board.

Picture: Stephen Roots, Chairman-Elect, BIFM


Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 25 November 2016


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