Ismena Clout elected BIFM Chair

The 11th Chair of the BIFM will be Ismena Clout, following her election by the Board at a meeting held last week. Liz Kentish has been named Deputy Chair.

Clout will take up her new role in July at the BIFM Annual General Meeting, succeeding current Chair Ian Broadbent.

Speaking after her appointment, Clout said: “I am very excited and honoured to have been voted as the next Chair – it is a real privilege and opportunity. The next two years are going to be fascinating as the economy continues to play such a dominant part in all our lives, and BIFM will continue to support, develop and inform members as together we strive to advance the profession.”

Clout will spend the next few months working closely with Broadbent to ensure a smooth transition into the role.

Liz Kentish will also take up her role in July 2012. That will mark a shift from two deputies to one, a change approved by BIFM members last year.

Ismena Clout is Key Account Manager for powerPerfector, a role she has had since June 2009. She focuses on partnering with facilities management companies around the UK. Prior to that, she worked as a client-side operational FM for over 10 years.

Liz Kentish is Managing Director of Liz Kentish Coaching Limited and works with FM teams to develop people and leadership skills.  She is also Chair of Women in FM, a special interest group at the Institute.

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