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Which direction will you take – adapt or disappear?

BIFM’s ThinkFM conference, in London on 1 May, will feature controversial author and commentator Vicky Pryce giving her views on the potential impact of Brexit, how the UK can re-balance its economy and most importantly for FMs, whether the productivity conundrum can be solved. Vicky will demonstrate the benefits of forecasting and – in a key topic for FMs dealing with the new CCS framework – will outline the need for a new model for public sector procurement and ask whether companies can really be socially responsible.

This year’s BIFM conference musters experts from the sharp end of key specialisms both within and outside FM to provide insights on changes which will test FM assumptions, business models and practices.

Join the debate at ThinkFM
The provision of public facing services is under scrutiny like never before and high-profile company failures have put outsourcing and facilities management under the spotlight, so this year’s BIFM conference will feature FM thought leaders giving their views on the future of outsourcing and PFI, the race to the bottom on price and risk transfer. This will be followed by a panel debate designed to arrive at solutions and possible ways forward which you might wish to adopt in the coming months.

Speakers already confirmed include: Ed Hudson, Head of corporate services at UBS, Jeremy Waud, Chairman at Incentive FM Group and Ruby McGregor Smith (former MITIE CEO, now advising Mace Group) with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

Conference offers content for both strategic and operational FMs
BIFM has designed this conference to offer compelling content for people operating at all levels in FM. There will be two streams, so delegates can choose between strategic insights or practical take away learnings. From economic and political forecasting to how to get the most out of Power BI, there is something for everyone at ThinkFM. There will also be an international session for those working or thinking of working outside the UK. The ambition is to give aspiring FMs currently working at an operational level, access to thought-leadership in the industry.

Workplace, Big Data and Automation
The impact of ‘data’ is growing in every professional role but it has the potential to revolutionise the work of FMs. Lionel Prodgers of Agents4RM will introduce a session designed to alert delegates to some of the dangers and opportunities. Paul Bhuhi will explain Mitie’s Connected Workspace project which uses building environmental and people data to provide ‘actionable insight’ for clients. There will be an ‘Internet of Things’ case study of The Burj Khalifa, from Fadi Alshakhshir and Bashar Mohammad Kassab from EMAAR Properties and Dr Ruhul Amin and Professor Michael Pitt will also offer insights from a collaborative project between industry and academia, on condition-based maintenance.

The Rise of the Robots?
Could automation spell big changes to the cost base of FM? Does it mean significant job losses? David D’Souza, CIPD’s Head of Engagement, will address this directly, looking at the potential impact of automation and machine learning on the workplace; the ethics of the ‘connected workplace’ and the challenges for people managers.

The Future Workplace
BIFM has announced proposals to change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management so it is timely that a session of the conference is dedicated to looking at the opportunities of ‘Workplace’ and the skills needed to take advantage of them.

Despina Katsikakis, Head of Occupier Business Performance at Cushman & Wakefield, will offer a master-class on the impact of the workplace on people and business performance, and designers Emer Lynam and Namrata Krishna from Gensler, will describe how the workplace can adapt to changing uses and how it will need to be managed to meet the needs of a diverse workforce.

BIFM’s chief executive Linda Hausmanis said, “facilities management is being increasingly recognised as having the capacity to deliver real performance benefits for companies, but it also faces significant disruptors. We want this conference to ignite the enthusiasm of FMs to seize the opportunities that the current disrupted landscape offers, both to their organisations and them as individuals.”

In order to broaden access to this important professional development opportunity, BIFM is offering delegates the opportunity to bring a third colleague along FREE for every two full-price tickets purchased for the conference. To take advantage of this offer please book before 18 March.

More details on speakers and the programme to be released over the coming weeks.

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