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PFM Awards judging panel confirmed as entry deadline approaches

21 March 2017

Excitement is growing for this year’s PFM Awards as the deadline for entry on 17 May approaches, preceding the announcement for the 2017 shortlist of finalists.

Everyone at PFM has been busy with preparations for this year’s event for the last few months, confirming the list of categories, sponsors and the judging panel for the awards.

Our judges (see the full list below) will once again work in teams of two, visiting the premises of the client involved in each finalist entry to interview them with their service supplier to determine the winner of each category.

Following the announcement of the list of finalists, their details will be handed to the relevant judging team who will then make contact to arrange the time to visit.

This signals the start of a hectic three-month process that is completed by the end of September.

The judging teams will be looking for evidence of true partnership working between both parties, including evidence of the advantages the arrangement has delivered and the quality of the facility in question.

Once every finalist has been visited, the judges will meet in a central London location to discuss the winner of each category. When these have been agreed, a further discussion will take place to determine which entry should be awarded the Overall Winner trophy.

All finalists are also invited to propose an entry to the Partnership Team Member category, who should be a non-managerial member of staff, to be interviewed on the same day of the judges’ visit.

The winner of this trophy will also be discussed during the final judges meeting. Funding the judges’ visits to each finalist entry’s location allows PFM to state that this is by far the highest level of integrity when compared with any other awards initiative.

Several of the judges have been a member of the PFM Awards panel for a number of years and each individual is chosen for their ability to provide an independent view of each entry.

Where clashes of interest arise, which typically occurs when a judge has worked or is currently working with any of the finalists, their place is taken by one of our reserve judges. This is another stage in the process designed to guarantee integrity at all levels.

Finalists to the Account Director of the Year and the Young Manager of the Year are judged on a different basis.

Each category is judged over the course of a single day at the offices of headline sponsor Barclays in London’s Canary Wharf.

The winner of the Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award, won by FM Guru founder Martin Pickard last year, is again decided on a different basis.

Nominations for this category are discussed during the final judges meeting to ensure that the most deserving person takes home the trophy every year.

Those wishing to enter the PFM Awards now have just a few weeks to prepare their 1,500-word entries, 250-word summaries, complete their entry forms and source three or four good quality images and post them to arrive at the PFM offices by 17 May.

All the relevant details can be found here.


Joanna Lloyd-Davies, JLD Consultants
Fiona Bowman, managing director, Dysart 57
Gordon Howes, global facilities director, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Mayur Patel, director of facilities, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Mike Wingrove, head of facilities, Dentons UKMEA
Les O’Gorman, director of facilities, UCB
Simon Grinter, head of facilities management, Greater London Authority
Les Pyle, chief executive, Institute for Collaborative Working
Paul Roche, head of facilities, Northern Europe, ERM
Satvir Bungar, national head of FM sector, BDO
Danny Lemon, general manager, London Bridge Quarter
Andy Bartlett, senior maintenance contracts manager, Debenhams
Trevor Chaplin, facilities director, Capita
Alan Gilbert, facilities manager, Petchey Academy

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