Martin Leitch presenting at Total Facilities

Martin Leitch is presenting at Total Facilities 2015 on the subject of ‘Raising the FM Bar’.

For too long, FM has been considered the overhead that organisations need to have. And, as with all other overheads, when money gets tight, budgets are cut!

This presentation considers that the possibility of changing the corporate mind-set to consider FM as an asset and a business critical function is an achievable objective. However, setting out to establish FM as a strategic business unit is not for the faint hearted. It is potentially a long hard road fraught with many obstacles along the way. However, successfully reaching the end will bring many benefits to the organisation and the FM team.

Come along and be inspired with what Martin has to say – 12.30 – 13.00 on Wednesday 25 March.

Total Facilities 2015 is being held on 25 & 26 March 2015 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island.

Become involved guiding the direction of Total Facilities

TFX 2015The organisers of Total Facilities are opening up the opportunity for the FM community to join their advisory group. They are looking to establish a select group of members to provide guidance on FM practice, trends and market expectations to ensure the event remains relevant to the market and the primary point of reference for such matters.

Follow the link to find out more and to register your interest.

Interested in joining a professional institution?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development of real estate, construction and infrastructure. The RICS name promises consistent delivery of standards bringing confidence to the markets served.

Although known primarily for the surveying professions, RICS also has a dedicated facilities management professional group that has an expanding global membership. Benefits of membership include a formal CPD program, access to a significant knowledge bank and networking opportunities.

Come along to this information session in Melbourne to find out more about being a member of one of the world’s largest membership and standards bodies.

When – 17 February 2015
Where – RICS Victorian Offices Collins Street
For more information or to reserve your place contact RICS Victoria – +61 3 8679 4102

How to avoid contract failure

Martin Leitch recently presented a paper on the subject of ‘How to avoid contract failure of public sector contracts’ at the Local Government & Public Sector Building Maintenance & Management Conference held at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne.

Over the two days, the conference was attended by in excess of 200 delegates, with every state and territory, being represented.

Martin’s presentation was well received and provided delegates with a different perspective of the following stages of the contract life cycle:

  • contract set up
  • handover/takeover
  • delivery and management

Go Home on Time

In acknowledgement of the negative impact of extended working hours on worker health and well-being, the Australian Institute and Beyond Blue have joined forces to promote national ‘Go Home on Time’ day on November 20, 2013.

Did you know that:

  • Unpaid overtime equates to $109.6 billion or 7.4 per cent of GDP?
  • 5.1 million employees eat their lunch while working?
  • One in four employees check work emails and answers work calls outside of work hours?

Go Home on Time Day is a small but significant step towards helping workers to rebalance their work and life and helps them to appreciate that life does not need to revolve around work.

There is a dedicated web site where organisations can sign up and receive an official participant’s kit aimed at promoting the day throughout the organisation.

As a small first step to rebalancing your life and work why not sign up for the national ‘Go Home on Time’ Day on November 20. Who knows you may end up having a ‘Go Home on Time‘ Day every week, and maybe even every day!

Raising the Bar Roundtable

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has organised a roundtable discussion on their ‘Raising the Bar’ report. This will be held in Sydney on Thursday 12 September in Sydney. The three-hour event is being moderated by Martin Leitch and aims to discuss a number of questions and exchange personal experiences around topics such as:

  • the strategic impact of FM
  • where FM reports in the organisation (and what difference it makes)
  • how FM’s performance is measured (and how it should be measured)
  • the challenges of aligning FM with business, financial, HR, and IT strategies

The discussions will be captured and incorporated into the final global research, which will be launched later in 2013. For more information contact us.

Total Facilities Live

For the second year, Total Facilities Live will be held at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre. The event offers an exhibition of products and services across 65 industry categories and a series of presentations and roundtable discussions.

Martin Leitch is presenting on the subject of ‘How to avoid contract failure’ on Wednesday 5 June and facilitating the following roundtable discussions:

Wednesday 5 June: Is environmental performance improvement still driven by financial considerations?

Thursday 6 June: What are the barriers to upskilling staff?

If you are planning to attend the Expo, why not come along and join the discussions?

Click here to register for Total Facilities live 2013