The latest news of major change at the British Institute of Facilities Management sees the elimination of two top-level positions at the organisation’s HQ.
Late last week, the BIFM said its board had decided to make structural changes in efforts to streamline the business. Two positions have been removed: Director of Professional Standards & Education and Director of Corporate & Public Affairs. That sees the departure of two long-serving staff members: Valerie Everitt and Richard Byatt.
Everitt was until 12 March Director of Professional Standards & Education. She had been a main board member since 2004, having joined the Institute in 1996. Everitt led the team that developed the new suite of professional qualifications and achieved Awarding Organisation status for the BIFM. Following her departure, Linda Hausmanis, Head of Qualifications, will be heading up the Awarding Organisation function.
Richard Byatt, formerly Director of Corporate & Public Affairs, joined the BIFM in 2004 and was appointed to the board in 2007. In recent years, he was focused on raising the profile of FM with government and business through consultation, direct representation and joint working with industry and professional bodies.
Commenting on each departure, BIFM CEO Gareth Tancred and Chairman Ian Broadbent made identical statements: “We are enormously grateful for the work Valerie [Richard] has done over the years. She [He] has contributed significantly to the development of the Institute and the advancement of the facilities management profession. We wish her [him] well in her [his] future endeavours.”