All Careers Advice

  • Founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice-president of the CHSA.
  • First Response Group (FRG) has appointed Simon Alderson as its new CEO.  
  • Vertas Group Limited has made three appointments, including the creation of a brand new role of group operations director.
  • WSP in Manchester has appointed Andy Wallace director of public sector advisory services, to harness the growing number of public sector contracts available in the region and UK-wide.
  • Catherine Roe, chief executive of Elior UK, has taken on the the post of chair of the management committee for Women of the Year.
  • Cloudscraper has appointed Matthew Webster chief financial officer.
  • Cloudfm, has appointed former Mace Macro MD Peter Brumby chief operating officer.
  • Ecosurety has appointed commercial manager Robbie Staniforth to a policy role, to work with the government and other bodies.
  • The British Pest Control Association (BPCA), has appointed Ian Andrew as their new chief executive.
  • Anchor Group Services has appointed David Bryce as the new HR Manager.
  • Paul Kitchin, and Peter Overton, have been appointed the new directors at Acme. 
  • Cistermiser-Keraflo, has appointed Mark Schlotel as marketing manager.
  • NIC Services Group Ltd, has announced the appointment of Matthew Paxton, who has joined their team as a FM operations director.
  • Versalift UK has promoted Andy Bray to the position of general manager.
  • Jamie Harris speaks to Russell Wood – an ambitious facilities manager who has climbed his career ladder “about five or six years sooner than expected”. His company, Close Brothers Asset Management, has been rewarded through putting its faith in him. Here, he details what he’s learned along the wa...
  • Harry and Paula Cox are husband-and-wife – and both in facilities management. Having met as client and contractor, their relationship developed into one more personal.
  • As facilities managers, says Jon Isaacson, we are used to responding to buildings behaving badly – but may not have in place a framework for managing badly behaving people. A criminal justice system approach based on risk, needs and responsivity (RNR) may allow us fresh insight to better understand and reduce such recurring negative behaviours

  • Tom Booton was an officer in the Royal Navy before discovering FM and spending more than 10 years working for Mitie and Anabas before taking his current in-house role as head of corporate real estate at The Law Society two years ago. We ask Tom to share his experiences.
  • The BIFM Awards are open for entries. But what sets apart a winning entry from the others? What are the judges looking for? And what’s in it for an FM or organisation? Here’s all you need to know about the process, and advice from this year’s judges on what makes a good entry.
  • Most of us would rather avoid negotiating a pay rise if possible. But if you are planning to ask for an increase, it’s worth calculating your approach beforehand. Peter Forshaw, managing director at FM recruitment firm Maxwell Stephens, shares his practical advice.