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Leading FM practitioners back RICS' professionalisation drive

02 December 2015

Four senior FM practitioners have today backed the call from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for more fully-qualified leaders and managers across the industry

Dr Rachel Dick (Senior FM Consultant at Macro FM), Martin Holt (Chief Executive of Bellrock FM), Dennis Markey (Chief Operating Officer at NHS Property Services) and Deborah Rowland (Head of Property Asset Management at the Ministry of Justice) have all spoken out about why they feel professional accreditation is a must-have for the FM sector, as it seeks to be seen as a more strategic business discipline.

Not only will qualifications provide a unified professional standard across the sector, they will also help to improve perceptions, believes Rachel Dick.

She said: “FM professionals have always questioned how they add value to the organisations they serve and how to quantify it. Improving perceptions requires the sector to underpin knowledge with formal, recognised, standardised, accredited qualifications.”

It’s a view shared by Deborah Rowland, who commented: “FM will only be taken seriously as a profession if those in leading roles within the sector have the suitable qualifications to demonstrate their experience and knowledge.”

Furthermore, according to Martin Holt, leadership qualifications will provide aspirational benchmarks for those already working within the industry.

He explained: “I’m a wholehearted supporter of lifelong learning. We’re defined by our habits and, if our habit is to learn, then we achieve our true potential. Professional qualifications are a key part of the learning experience. They also offer people a route to maximise their own development and attractiveness to potential clients and employers.”

Not only that, but day-to-day operations are likely to improve with the roll-out of industry-standard accreditations, contends Dennis Markey.

He stated: “Often the in-house training that FM practitioners have received has been based around business requirements rather than personal development. So, if we can give these vastly experienced and valuable members of staff the opportunity to become chartered via the FM pathway, think how much they could harness all that knowledge for the good of the company and the industry as a whole.”

All four of the FM professionals have urged colleagues within the sector to investigate RICS’ training and chartered accreditation options, which provide much-needed leadership and management credentials. Rachel Dick stated: “The fact that accreditation comes from RICS further underpins the significance of Facilities Management as a credible and worthwhile career option, because RICS is a globally respected institution and brand.”

Paul Bagust, Director of UK Commercial Property at RICS, concluded: “We welcome the support of leading FM professionals in our bid to help the sector become seen as a more professional, strategic business discipline. RICS’ training products and accreditation options – plus our ‘Aspire to Lead’ campaign as a whole – are all geared towards providing senior management skills that are currently lacking in the industry.”

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