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“Dedication and commitment” applauded at Facilities Management Awards 2021

A rapidly expanding sector demonstrated its agility in a challenging year

The facilities management sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the Irish economy and is worth more than €1.2 billion to the economy. This dynamic sector has been celebrated at the Facilities Management Awards for seven years now, since the Awards were established in 2014.

The winners at the 2021 Awards were announced to a live audience at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 29th. The comedian and broadcaster Colm O'Regan presided, and the judging panel was led by John Cunniffe, the estate services manager at The Bar of Ireland.

It was great to see how the finalists came together to tell their positive stories and how the event adapted to the times

As ever, the awards were supported by a variety of loyal sponsors, one of which was Aramark Ireland. Shane Flynn, their managing director, said, “We were proud to again be a sponsor for the Facilities Management Awards for 2021. The last year has been exceptionally challenging for facilities management professionals in so many ways, but it has also highlighted the importance of this industry in maintaining a safe working environment. Congratulations to all involved and a special well done to the winners.”

Another of this year’s sponsors was Tork at Essity. David Norton, their key account manager, said, ‘’Tork at Essity were delighted once again to be a key sponsor to the Facilities Management Awards for 2021. Because we work closely within this sector, we understand how exceptionally challenging it has been this year for facilities management professionals. We are delighted that our dispensing systems were able to improve hand hygiene in many managed sites across Ireland and indeed globally.

“It was great to see how the finalists came together to tell their positive stories and how the event adapted to the times, delivering a safe and engaging event. Congratulations to all involved and a special well done to the winners.”

There were 30 individuals and companies shortlisted in the 18 categories, and ISS Facility Services Ireland came away with two of the trophies. As a team, they won the Specialist FM Service Provider of the Year Award, while Lisa Hughes, a manager at ISS, won the FM Professional of the Year Award.

Eric Doyle, managing director at ISS, said, “In addition to our great ISS people recognised at the Facilities Management Awards, I am immensely proud of the achievements of every one of our finalists. Collectively, their dedication and commitment demonstrate the positive impact of facilities management in the world today.”

Once again, this year’s event was only made possible thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, including Tork, Aramark, Mitie, Preempt, Outsource Support, MKF, ISS Facilities Services and Snapfix Ltd.

And the 2021 judging panel was made up of the following:

  • John Cunniffe, Estate Services manager, The Bar of Ireland
  • Fionnuala Byrne, director, Facilities, EMEA, Google
  • Mike Clark, director of Campus Infrastructure, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
  • Conor Cooney, lead Facility Management Consultant, Arup
  • Richard Davies, CEO & founder, Evbex
  • Ken Gormley, Chief Estates and Facilities officer & Energy Performance officer, RCSI
  • Michelle Kelleher, EMEA Workplace manager, Airbnb
  • Eoin Manley, Group Facilities manager, Dalata Hotel Group
  • Pat O'Sullivan, director of Support Services, eir
  • Collette Skerritt, head of Workplace & Facilities, Investec Europe Ltd.
  • Eileen Slamon, EMEA Workplace Programme lead, LinkedIn
  • Conan Wade, Group Property & Facilities director, OASIS Group