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Best practice for local housing associations at the fore of Facilities Management seminar

The latest in the series of Tune in to FM events hosted by FSI was held at Anglia Polytechnic University, on Friday 10th June. The event chaired this by time by Business Solutions Adviser Jon Clark, got off to a very passionate start with a presentation by Housing Repairs Consultant Keith Simpson, Chair of the Direct Works Forum. Keith drew on his thirty years of experience within the sector to summarise things as they are now and his very clear vision of how things can be improved, including what he himself is doing to aid this improvement. The themes of minimising administration, sharing best practice and addressing the serious skill shortages all struck a chord with the audience judging by the vigorous debate following his presentation.

This was followed by a presentation by David Emanuel, Managing Director of i-fm.net, who discussed the journey of FM, past present and future, and how the award winning i-fm.net web site provides the wide ranging industry knowledge required to stay informed. Rachel MacDonald, Director of Facilities Management at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust, discussed her experiences of studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration at Sheffield Hallam University, sponsored by FSI. Rachel gave a very personal insight into how her studies have had a positive life changing impact. .  Finally, Sandy Lynam, Director of Campus Management at Anglia Polytechnic University, discussed the process of choosing Concept™ for running the facilities management at both the Chelmsford and Cambridge sites, as well as their future expansion plans for the software.

Developed and hosted by Concept™ CAFM developers FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd, the Tune in to FM seminar series was established in 2004 to promote dialogue between users and systems developers.  The free seminar series not only encourages the sharing of best practice between delegates from a wide range of industry sectors, but also brings to the fore the latest developments within the FM industry.

Now in its second year, the series kicked off its 2005 programme at the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters in Whitehall on 8th April.  Subsequent events will follow at Airbus Bristol (8th September) and The Natural History Museum (11th November). 

 “The success of the Tune in to FM series has been phenomenal,” explains Compton Darlington, FSI’s Business Development Director. “Obviously we were acutely aware of the need for a specific platform to be developed; one that would not only promote a better understanding of asset management and transparency of FM services across industry sectors, but also allow the exchange of ideas, experiences and even frustrations to ultimately enhance working environments.  But we have been truly surprised at the levels of interest from prospective attendees. The demand has been such that in some cases we have had to defer delegates to later events.”

The next seminar at Airbus on 8th September will address Facilities Management in specific sectors, including the Health and Utilities markets.

Should you wish to attend one of the 2005 Tune in to FM seminars, including the seminar at Airbus Bristol, please contact:

Sally Wotton
Business Development & Marketing Assistant
FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd
01708 251900 /