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Outstanding young FM finalists

22 September 2011

George Weekes

With the PFM Awards now round the corner, the finalists in the FMA Young Manager of the Year Award have been selected by the Facilities Management Association. Finalists for the other categories were selected by the PFM judging panel and were announced in the August 2011 issue.

The FMA Young Manager of the Year Award recognises management potential among facilities professionals at the beginning of their careers in FM. This year the FMA decided that there were two outstanding entries – George Weekes from Balfour Beatty Workplace and Ryan Jarman of VINCI Facilities.

In his five years since graduation Weekes has gained several promotions, most recently to Senior Operations Manger (SOM) on the Metropolitan Police Authority contract – a key client for the company. This has entailed taking responsibility for half of the MPA contract (there is one other SOM) and includes the five most critical Balfour Beatty Workplace MPA sites, which are the three Communications Command Centres, Hendon training village and the prestigious Empress State building. Additionally, he has direct line manager responsibility for the security service provision on the contract.

Weekes claims a key achievement while in this role has been the creation of four teams that have previously been subcontracted. These are an AC, Gas, Electrical installation and reactive Security teams. The success of these teams have seen self delivery on the MPA contract to reach in excess of 80% currently and are now working on other BBW contracts which is improving efficiencies.

Ryan Jarman is a Contracts Manager at VINCI Facilities, currently working on the TKMaxx retail estate contract. This contract was the first outsourced FM contract for TJX. Previously, it was managed in-house with an informal structure in place. VINCI were awarded the contract in 2008 following successful provision of an initial stand-alone Helpdesk service.

Jarman has direct managerial responsibility for a number of individual team members, departmental teams and indirect responsibility for over one thousand people. He also works with a number of subcontractors of various disciplines, the main ones being for cleaning, M&E and building fabric services. Through continued negotiations with the supply chain, including innovation and alternative solutions, Jarman has helped deliver a 5% reduction in planned costs each year, representing over £800k per annum so far.

The winner will be announced at the PFM Awards on November 9th 2011, held at the Brewery in the City of London. For tickets or more information about the Awards or this industry highlight event, contact the Publisher Peter Middup ( or 01732 359990).

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