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Celebrating excellence at the Facilities Management Awards 2023

Facility management leaders nationwide come together to celebrate excellence and showcase wide range of services and projects

As key players in the facilities management community gathered for a night of networking and celebration, a wide range of impressive operations were showcased at the Facilities Management Awards 2023, now in their tenth year.

The winners of the Facilities Management Awards were announced during a live awards ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza, Santry, Dublin, on March 2nd, 2023 and hosted by author, broadcaster and comedian, Colm O’Regan.

At a packed event over 300 senior FM professionals gathered to celebrate excellence and network. The awards were sponsored by Platinum Sponsors, Sodexo, Mitie, and Tork, an Essity brand; Gold Sponsors, H&J Martin, Synergy Security Solutions, CBRE, Berka Solutions Ltd., ISS Facility Services Ireland, Kärcher Ireland, Williaam Cox, Authenticate, Sensori Facilities Management, Western Hygiene, 360Works McKeon Group, SOS Group, Thorntons Recycling, Aramark; and supported by Amárach Research.

Notable winners on the night included Paul Fitzgerald, recipient of the Facilities Management Leader 2023 Award, and the OPW Phoenix House project submitted by Sensori Facilities Management which took the Grand Prix, Overall Excellence in Facilities Management Award.

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Aisling Ryan, chief operations officer at Ryans Cleaning said, “To be recognised by the prestigious Irish Facilities Management Awards expert judging panel as the best Cleaning Service Provider – Specialist is a real honour. It’s a fantastic achievement for our whole team.”

Liam Smith, sales director - Ireland of Essity Professional Hygiene said, “The FM Awards recognise incredible achievements and Tork are proud to be sponsors. Focusing on efficiency, staff satisfaction and sustainability highlights the need to keep developing and enhancing our offer. It was great to meet with so many people, we would like to applaud all finalists, especially the winners.”

Another winner was Fexillon. George Harold, chief executive, said: “Fexillon are delighted to have won the Innovation in Technology and Systems Award. The award recognises the quality and innovation of the Fexillon platform and services, our team, clients and partners. [It was] great to receive the Industry recognition from the judging panel and we look forward to our continued commitment in strategic innovation, secure delivery and support for the FM Industry.”

Joining as a sponsor was Sodexo, whose managing director, David Fox said: “Sodexo is delighted to be associated with these awards. FM is so high up the boardroom agenda now, in terms of workplace, productivity, sustainability, efficiency, it is great to play a part in recognising the outstanding work in the industry. Congratulations to all our finalists and our winners”.

Joining other winners on the podium was Pfizer, whose strategic programme leader - integrated facilities management programme and associate director of engineering, Paul Fitzgerald, said, “The calibre of the awards was very high. It goes to shows the broad specs there is in the industry. I’m really pleased with the standard of the award-winners and the capabilities that they have. The importance of shows like this is it carries industry together. It creates a bit internal competition as well, but it showcases capabilities of everybody that works across within the broad spectrum of Facilities Management. I would recommend the awards for people in facilities management to showcase their talent and it gives the chance to organisations to sit down and look at what they are actually doing for their clients.”

Another of this year’s winners was Mitie Facilities Management. Their managing director, Les Sheridan said, “We are delighted to win four awards, the recognition from our industry is something we are very proud of, and we know from previous years that all 2,000 of our colleagues take great pride seeing their work recognised. It was a brilliant night catching up with our industry leaders”

Speaking at the awards, Kevin O’Driscoll, director partnership programmes, Business River said, “Events like this are made possible through the support of sponsors. We are thankful to our 2023 sponsors and professional partners, which includes Tork, an Essity brand, Mitie, Sodexo, Synergy Security Solutions, H&J Martin, Berka Solutions Ltd., 360Works McKeon Group, Kärcher Ireland, Williaam Cox, Authenticate, Western Hygiene, CBRE, ISS Facility Services Ireland, Sensori Facilities Management, SOS Group, Thorntons Recycling, and Aramark. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.”

The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of procurement experts and drawn from all areas of the sector.

Full list of judges

1. John Cunniffe (judging co-ordinator), estate services manager, The Bar of Ireland

2. Jodi Artis, head of facilities management, Savills Ireland

3. Richard Davies, chief executive and managing director, Evbex

4. Caroline Delaney, EMEAL operations manager, JLL

5. Ken Dowling, utilities site lead (oral care), Haleon (formerly GSK Consumer Healthcare)

6. Stephen Doyle, corporate sales manager, City Electrical Factors

7. Seán Harty, head of sales and engineering, Frontline Energy

8. Eoin Manley, head of facilities, Boyle Sports

9. Mark Mobach, Professor, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

10. Andrew Mullen, group facilities and H&S manager, Cliste Hospitality and The iNUA Collection

11. Cormac O’Loughlin, national facilities manager, Irish Water

12. Pat O’Sullivan, director of support services, eir

13. Professor Michael Pitt, Professor of FM Innovation, University College London

14. Jason Smith, CTO, Lawler Group

Full list of winners

Excellence in Sustainability – Sponsored by Tork, an Essity brand

Winner: An Post

Excellence in Sustainability - In-House – Sponsored by Sensori Facilities Management

Winner: KPMG

Innovation in Technology and Systems – End Users - Sponsored by H&J Martin

Winner: AIWX Connect - Aramark

Innovation in Technology and Systems – Providers – Sponsored by Western Hygiene

Winner: Fexillon

Cleaning Service Provider of the Year – TFM – Sponsored by Kärcher Ireland

Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

Cleaning Service Provider of the Year – Specialist – Sponsored by Kärcher Ireland

Winner: Ryans Cleaning

Specialist FM Service Provider of the Year – Sponsored by CBRE

Winner: King & Moffatt Connected

Excellence in Health and Safety – Sponsored by ISS Facility Services Ireland

Winner: Digitisation of Health and Safety Compliance - Sensori Facilities Management

Best People Development in Facilities Management – Sponsored by Berka Solutions Ltd. and 360Works McKeon Group

Winner: Apleona Ireland

Facilities Management CSR Initiative of the Year – Sponsored by Aramark

Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

Workplace and Estates Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Sodexo

Winner: Ciara Mooney - Henry Wiltshire

Workplace and Estates Team of the Year – Sponsored by Mitie

Winner: Croke Park Operations Team

Client and Service Provider Partnership of the Year

Winner: Johnson Controls and CBRE

FM Service Provider Professional of the Year

Winner: Kelly Hanley - Mitie Facilities Management

FM Service Provider Team of the Year – Sponsored by Williaam Cox

Winner: ISS@AMGEN - ISS Facility Services Ireland

FM Project of the Year – Public Sector – Sponsored by Authenticate

Winner: OPW Phoenix House - Sensori Facilities Management

FM Project of the Year – Private Sector – Sponsored by Mitie

Winner: Cooling Solution for Siemens EDA Data Centre - Sirus

Property Management Team of the Year – Sponsored by SOS Group

Winner: WYSE Property Management

Property Management Company of the Year - Sponsored by Synergy Security Solutions

Winner: Aramark Property

Total FM Service Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Thorntons Recycling

Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

Facilities Management Leader – Sponsored by Sodexo

Recipient: Paul Fitzgerald

Overall Excellence in Facilities Management – Sponsored by Tork, an Essity brand

Winner: OPW Phoenix House - Sensori Facilities Management