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Simone Fenton-Jarvis and Luke Folwell Join IWFM Board as NEDs

Simone Fenton-Jarvis and Luke Folwell Join IWFM Board as NEDs
29 July 2022
 

Two new Non-Executive Directors will join the board of The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, as announced at its 2022 AGM.

Simone Fenton-Jarvis FIWFM and Luke Folwell CIWFM will serve three-year terms at the membership body.

The new NEDs were voted in by other IWFM Members after a formal nominations process. Candidates were required to be seconded by two other members before being eligible for nomination.

 

New IWFM NED – Simone Fenton-Jarvis FIWFM

 

Simone is a Director of Customer Workplace Solutions, workplace culture thought leader and author. She also chairs the IWFM Workspace Special Interest Group and promotes LGBTQIA equality, in the workplace and beyond, through her people-first mentorship and writing. After beginning her career as a gym instructor and PE teacher, she moved into facilities management through her work managing a leisure centre.

Simone, commenting on her appointment, said: “Leading with my core values of integrity, listening, curiosity, resilience, tenacity, and teamwork, I am on a mission to make a difference. IWFM has been critical throughout the evolution of my career, and I have a passion for helping others feel the same.

"As an LGBTQIA introverted woman from up north, I want to add value by bringing my diverse thinking and experiences to the table and acting as a role model and mentor for people starting and progressing their careers. My priorities in the coming years will be raising our voice and supporting the Institute’s work in driving EDI, working towards Chartership, and developing mentor programmes.”

 

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New IWFM NED –  Luke Folwell CIWFM

 

"My experience as a hard services-biased FM leader covers a broad spectrum of private and public sectors, ranging from manufacturing and transport to central government and healthcare, plus seven years at sea, living on and maintaining two submarines and an aircraft carrier. This has equipped me to “read the room” and understand what our diverse profession needs from IWFM."

–Luke Folwell CIWFM

Head of Technical and Engineering - Technical Services Division, EQUANS

 

Luke is a Senior Technical and Operations Leader and Authorising Engineer, with over 15 years of management experience in the FM sector, oil and gas industry, and Royal Navy. His particular engineering specialisms include HVAC, refrigeration and water purification and he is passionate about discussing engineering issues at all experience levels. As a Chartered Manager, with a Level 6 Professional Recognition Award in Leadership & Management, Luke is experienced in assessing, mentoring and training engineering teams to achieve their full potential.

Luke said: “I will bring a caring, driven, innovative and commercially astute approach to the role. My experience as a hard services-biased FM leader covers a broad spectrum of private and public sectors, ranging from manufacturing and transport to central government and healthcare, plus seven years at sea, living on and maintaining two submarines and an aircraft carrier. This has equipped me to “read the room” and understand what our diverse profession needs from IWFM. Couple that with my background in engineering which gives me a unique, solution-focussed viewpoint, and I believe I can provide a different way of thinking that will positively influence the strategic direction of the Institute.”

 

IWFM AGM Updates

 

At IWFM’s 2022 AGM, CEO Linda Hausmanis, Chair Mark Whittaker and the Executive team provided status updates on the Institute’s performance. Here are some of the highlights:

 

  • The number of professional members joining at professional or “assessed” grades has doubled to 43 per cent since 2017.
  • More members are also progressing within professional grades – the rate has increased by 41 per cent since last year. 
  • Member retention at professional grades had improved by eight per cent in the last year, from 77 per cent to 83 per cent
  • Overall membership retention was up 11 per cent since 2018.
  • In 2021, the institute increased income overall by nine per cent, and from non-member sources by 23 per cent.

 

Mark Whittaker told the meeting that recording a loss after deprecation was “never easy“ but a modest increase in membership income and a very positive swing in non-membership income of 53 per cent from 2020’s low was “enough to be confident of better times ahead.”

Linda Hausmanis thanked members and experts who had contributed to the institute’s work across the year, not least on the Communities Review and on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Focus Group.

Picture: a photograph of Simone Fenton-Jarvis

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 July 2022

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