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IPFMA Annual Conference 2013 — Review, Renew, Remodel!

Vincent Hickey with Nick Leeson

The conference was comprehensively attended by property industry delegates, some travelling long distances to be in attendance.

In an era when most of us, either personally or professionally, are experiencing challenging times, it was reassuring to know the complications that present themselves in today’s business environment are being addressed, or being deliberated on, by other representative bodies and organisations with a long-term strategic view.

The assembly of presenters at the conference gave us an impartial and balanced awareness on how we might meet these challenges if we are to review, renew and remodel.

Our first speaker Aidan O’Hogan spoke about what is facing us in the commercial and residential sector in the not-too-distant future and said that if the emerging problems are not addressed we will soon face a housing crisis.

He pointed out that the current level of ghost estates had been used in the past as reason for an oversupply of housing and the reluctance to re-energise a housing programme. However, he said that the reality was that there are very few ghost estates and certain areas around the country, particularly in Dublin and Cork, are facing a massive shortfall in family dwellings.

Lorna Byrne gave us an insight into, and examples of, optimising a company’s greatest asset, its staff. She presented an in-depth look at what the work/life balance should be, along with practical examples of how companies can reward staff by way of “reward-strategy programmes”, and also keep them engaged in their roles. She spoke at length on the value of employee engagement and communications.

Lorna cited the banking industry as an example of where staff had developed low esteem due to the stigma surrounding some financial institutions. She explained how, by reviewing, renewing and remodelling in this industry, confidence among staff in this sector was returning with progressive results.

She also referred to what she likes to call the “Deal” for employees. This can cover such things as work/life balance, promotion, up-skilling etc. Essentially, she explained how rewarding an employee – not just financially – can motivate and encourage loyalty.

Luke Reaper presented a thought- provoking address on the cycles of change and behavioural attitudes in both Irish and global society. He referred to some very interesting trends within the marketing research carried out in Ireland and abroad and noted that, while some social networking sites receive negative exposure, social media marketing had increased overall.

Luke presented a very interesting example of the eminent closure of a public library and how a subsequent social media campaign delivered the positive result the campaigners were hoping for and saved the library.

Our keynote speaker Nick Leeson gave an open and frank account of how he reviewed, renewed and remodelled his own life. He gave us a relatively detailed interpretation of his life leading up to what was one of the biggest banking collapses of all time.

Nick, who has been referred to as the original rogue trader, talked about how he was left unchecked to carry out some of the biggest risk- taking financial deals of the 20th century. He also gave us an insight into the financial markets in 1995 and his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.

He went on to talk about his eventual capture, and the prison sentence he received and served in a gang-ridden Singaporean jail.

IPFMA Members’ Day 2013

Ben Gough of Wyse Managing Agents is pictured receiving the IPFMA Cup from IPFMA
Chairman Vincent Hickey on behalf of his team mates Peter Wyse, Greg Kelly and
Padraic McKenna.

The second IPFMA Members’ Day was held in June in the K Club where members and guests enjoyed a round of golf and clay pigeon shooting, followed by an evening dinner and prize giving. Thirteen teams played in the golf competition with Wyse Managing Agents taking the top prize.

IPFMA thanks the sponsors Burlington Engineering, Ennis Lifts and SOS Cleaning Services, whose support is greatly valued.

Contact: Fiona Barron, IPFMA Chief Executive. Tel: 01 – 644 5520; Email: fbarron@ipfma.comwww.ipfma.com

Annual Conference 2013                                                                                                                              Bookings are already well underway for the IPFMA Annual Conference 2013, which will take place at the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin on Thursday, 26 September. Based on feedback from previous years, the programme has been modified and will now commence at 10am and finish at 3.30pm.

It will feature a strong speaker line-up, including Finola McDonnell, Property Industry Ireland; Lorna Byrne of Towers Watson; Luke Reaper of Behaviour and Attitudes; and Nick Leeson, ex Barings Bank. As in previous years, there will be exhibitors promoting services to the sector.

IPFMA Skillnet Autumn Training Programme                                                                                 IPFMA Skillnet continues to provide short-term programmes and in-house training designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of those working within the property management and facility management sector.

The training fees have been subsidised by IPFMA Skillnet funding. IPFMA Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd, funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

Contact: Jane Igoe, IPFMA Learning & Development Manager at jigoe@ipfma.com for details of the programme.

Vincent Hickey elected Chairman for 2013/2014 term

Newly-appointed IPFMA Chairman Vincent Hickey with outgoing Chairman Sean Aylward

Commercial property and facilities management professional Vincent Hickey was elected Chairman of the Irish Property & Facility Management Association at its recent AGM. A chartered surveyor, Mr Hickey is an operations director with global management company Aramark, which acquired Irish Estates four years ago, where he was a director of operations and business development. He has been elected for a one-year term and takes over from outgoing Chairman Sean Aylward, Centre Manager of Nutgrove Shopping Centre at Rathfarnham, Dublin.

In his inaugural address Mr Hickey noted that this year sees the 25th anniversary of the Association, which was formed under the auspices of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in 1989. He announced that at this milestone in the IPFMA’s history, and in line with property and facility management having grown hugely as a profession over the past 25 years, it is now timely for the Association to look at further strategic development. “It is important for us to reflect on our purpose and our structure at this point”, he said, “and we intend to do this over the next couple of months”.

Among the new chairman’s plans is for the IPFMA to invest in technology to facilitate  learning over the internet. “It is the IPFMA’s intention to reach out to all members to see how we can best benefit them. We see an investment in technology to facilitate online learning, such as scheduling live recordings of educational seminars on the internet, as one of the major advances in pursuing this goal”, he said.

Mr Hickey also promised continued investment in education, saying that it is paramount to success and growth. He spoke of the growing education and training programmes provided by IPFMA Skillnet, for which the Association has successfully secured government support funding over the last two years.

The IPFMA has been approved for a grant of €98,000 for this year, based on its successful Skillnet training performance during 2012 for which government grants were also received. “This now means we are providing specific training for property and facility managers in areas of professional development, advancement and compliance”, he said.

A Fellow of the IPFMA, Mr Hickey has  been a member of the Association since 1996 and served on its board for seven of these years. From an engineering background, he has over 25 years experience in property and facility management, having joined Irish Estates in 1987.

He was appointed a director of the company in 2004 and in 2009, following the takeover of Irish Estates by the global Aramark Group, he became operations director in Aramark Ireland’s property and facilities department. He has been responsible for the management of the major part of the IFSC complex since its inception.

A qualified chartered surveyor, Vincent Hickey is also a member of both the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Contact: Fiona Barron, IPFMA Chief Executive. Tel: 01 – 644 5520; email: fbarron@ipfma.com

IPFMA Service Provider Directory & Annual Lunch

Bobby Kerr pictured with Sean Aylward, IPFMA Chairman and Peter Moloney

The IPFMA has produced a new on-line service directory to provide easy access to service providers to the property and facility management industry. In addition to members, industry professionals and the general public can access it freely.

Searched by category under both function and location, the Directory can also be used to extend a tender to selected providers via auto email. Following the launch in late 2012, attended by entrepreneur and businessman Bobby Kerr, a number of service providers have already joined. More than 40 attended the event, including Skyway, Willis, Expert Security, Greenstar, Forensic Cleaning Services, Manguard, AON and City Bin.

IPFMA wants more service providers to become involved (terms and conditions apply). They can select functions under which they wish to be categorised and multi-function providers can opt to be included in multiple categories.

Contact: www.ipfma.com/directories/service-providerdirectory

IPFMA Members Annual Lunch — The IPFMA Annual Members Lunch 2013, which will take place at the Burlington Hotel, Ballsbridge, on the eve of the Ireland v France home game, on Friday 8 March. This year’s guest speaker is Paul McNeive, the well-known motivational speaker.

A chartered surveyor with 28 years’ experience in commercial property, Paul’s life story is an incentive to all. He was a trainee with Hamilton Osborne King when, aged just 20, he lost both legs in a fire. He returned to work, walking on prosthetic legs and 20 years later he was Managing Director, with a staff of 250, when the firm was sold to Savills for €50 million. Tickets cost €75 per person.

For bookings Contact Tel: 01 – 644 5520; email: info@ipfma.comor www.ipfma.com


IPFMA appoints Igoe

Jane Igoe has been appointed Learning and Development Manager by the IPFMA. She takes up the position of IPFMA Skillnet Network Manager, as well as managing both the Higher Certificate in Property and Facility Management course and the CPD events calendar.

Aylward Elected IPFMA Chairman

Property management professional and chartered surveyor Sean Aylward, Centre Manager of Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, has been elected Chairman of the Irish Property & Facility Management Association (IPFMA) for 2012/2013 for a one-year term.