Fostering Collaboration in the midst of the Hybrid Revolution

Firstly, we need to say a huge thank you to the following:

  • The EWL Committee – Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and volunteering – there’s lot’s of work that goes on behind the scenes in organising all of our events, but specifically the YLOTY!
  • PFM – We have worked in collaboration with the PFM to run the Young Leader of the Year Award for over a decade, and the partnership and awards process remains stronger than ever!
  • Boden Group – Boden Group have sponsored the award for the past 4 years. James Fitzpatrick, Managing Director comments:

“Now more than ever, facilities management has a seat at the table in helping to set strategy, in planning for the future, and in thinking creatively about how the workplace of the future might function. One of the reasons we love the Young Leader of the Year Award, and choose to sponsor it, is because we believe the answer to these problems is, in fact, you. Your talent, your creativity, your innovative ways of thinking – are what this industry is crying out for. Whether that’s in the way you run your business, the way you liaise with your clients, the way you provide your services, or the way you position yourself and your brand within the marketplace, each of you have shown just how vital it is to have young leaders within FM organisations”

  • Vital Spaces – The event took place at the fantastic showcase Vital Spaces, HQ at One Southampton Place in London. The EWL is a voluntary, self-funded organisation; and without the generosity and support of organisations to provide sponsorship, venues and catering, these events would simply not happen. Vital Spaces, provided a team of expert hosts to provide outstanding customer service, canapé’s, champagne, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The space was the very definition of what a flexible, hybrid workplace can look like; and IT/AV Set-up was outstanding!

Secondly, to the shortlisted finalists, we would like to say…..well, just WOW!

You guys absolutely smashed it! Listening to your journey’s, your thoughts around collaboration and hybrid working, and how you want to affect positive change was simply inspiring. you should be immensely proud of yourselves! We genuinely hope you have enjoyed the process, now it’s time to relax and look forward to the PFM Awards on the 2nd November – we look forward to you joining us!

Don’t Miss! Finalist Event YLOTY 2022

Details of the Young Leader of the Year Award have now been released!


A ‘don’t miss’ evening for all across workplace and facilities management; where you get the chance to see the shortlisted finalists present in our showcase event to an industry wide audience on fostering collaboration during a hybrid revolution, and how as young leaders they can affect positive change.

Each finalist has already undergone a challenging selection process, and now they have the chance to give it their all, and show everyone first-hand why they should be crowned 2022 Young Leader of the Year!


The finalist event will take place on the 6th October from 1730hrs at the following location:

Vital Spaces
One Southampton Row


After a wonderful welcome from our venue hosts and sponsor (Vital Spaces, by Sodexo) the event will be kick-started by an introduction from the Emerging Workplace Leaders, and the overall award sponsors, Boden Group. The finalists will then go head to head, giving a brief introduction around their journey within FM, and tackling the theme of the evening around collaboration, hybrid workspace and affecting positive change.


The Young Leader of the Year Award itself, is one of the most celebrated industry wide, and the process is fierce. Every person who has been through the process (whether they have won or not) has commented that it has served as a springboard for their future career success.

You can find out more about the award by visiting our YLOTY page (click here)

The event will also be a fantastic networking opportunity for all attendees, and not forgetting the chance to meet the next generation of workplace leaders!


EWL Announce #YLOTY Finalists!

Another fierce year for the Young Leader of the Year Award 2022 as we see record numbers of entries, and excellent candidates making things very tough for the judging panel!

Candidates have already undergone a submission round, presentation and interview; and have now been shortlisted down to x3 finalists.

Each finalist will present to an industry wide audience on fostering collaboration during a hybrid revolution, and how as young leaders they can affect positive change.

More details on the infamous finalist event to follow!

The x3 shortlisted finalists are:

Jack Flanagan, Pareto FM

Anthony Atkinson, CBRE

Tom Martin, Sodexo

Congratulations from everyone at the Emerging Workplace Leaders!!!!

2022 Judging Panel

We would also like to extend a huge thanks to the 2022 judging panel for their support and commitment thus far:

  • Phil Matis – Operations Director, Churchill Group and Co-Chair of EWL
  • Bianca Angelico – Chief Daymaker, on verve and Co-Chair of EWL
  • Howard Murray – Senior Director, Workplace Experience at Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Martin Shaw – Head of Infrastructure and Resilience at M&G plc
  • Sarah Coy – Director of Global Workplace Services at American Express

Phil Matis comments “Year on year I’m always blown away by the standard of entries for this award, and 2022 is no exception. It’s been a really difficult process already and the candidates has all been fantastic; each and everyone of them should be very proud.

The next stage of the award is where the three finalists will go head to head presenting to many across the industry and highlighting their journeys and impact early on in their careers. We all wish them the very best of luck, and a massive congratulations!”

Launch Success! #YLOTY2022

It’s that time of year again where the Young Leader of the Year Awards process is upon us.

Each year we partner with PFM to run the award which focuses on nominees who have made considerable industry impact early on in their careers, and looks to celebrate this success on an industry-renowned platform. Candidates can nominate themselves or by someone else; and must undergo a rigorous selection process comprising of interviews, Q&A sessions and presentations to an industry wide audience.

It’s a rigorous process for candidates involving formal submissions, presentations, interview and public speaking before the winner being announced at the prestigious PFM Awards Ceremony on 2nd November at the Brewery, London.

To find our more about the award and previous winners – just click here!

2022 Launch

This year’s launch was a huge success with a great turn-out and theme focused on ‘Leadership in the midst of a changing FM landscape’. Kristian Trend welcomed everyone, followed by 2021 Winner, Edward Wick presenting to the audience and aspiring applicants on his journey through the process. The event was finished with Co-Chair Bianca Angelico hosting a panel to discuss how leadership and the industry will be affected as we navigate workplace changes.

Alongside our year on year overall sponsors of the award (Boden Group), a huge thanks goes out to JLL for sponsoring the launch event, providing catering for the evening, and welcoming everyone to their fantastic workplace in Canary Wharf!

Overall YLOTY Award Sponsor

PFM Young Leader of the Year Award 2022

It only feels like yesterday, but after a fantastic awards ceremony in 2021, the categories have been released for the 2022 process; and as always, there is a chance for you to submit either yourself or someone else for the Young Leader of the Year Award!

“I feel humbled and proud to have won YLOTY and it’s been particularly good to see the social media activity around this and the increased number of followers that have resulted”

Edward Wick – Managing Director, Penguin FM and YLOTY 2021 Winner

So what is the YLOTY Award?

  • Its part of the very prestigious annual PFM Awards
  • It gives identification and recognition of the industries’ future leaders
  • It gives emerging talent, a true platform to get their voice heard
  • It showcases up and coming innovations and fresh thinking

Further details with follow on how to apply with key dates (so watch this space!), but in the mean time, take a look at previous winners and what they are doing within their careers now!

2021 – Edward Wick

2020 – Mohammad Hassan

2019 – Roshan Deshmanya

2018 – Kristian Trend

2017 – Candy Hollingum

2016 – Tom Corner

2015 – James Bradley

2014 – Alex Murphy

2013 – Reyana Casey

2012 – Antony Law

2011 – George Weekes

2010 – Andrew Hulbert

Happy Holidays!…

…and a look forward to 2022!

From all of us at the Emerging Workplace Leaders, we hope that you have had a great holiday season, and wish you a very happy new year!

2021 has been another difficult year for everyone, and although in-person events have been limited the EWL have managed to make some fantastic strides and we can’t wait for 2022.

So what’s happening next year?

New Committee

We are very much looking forward to welcoming some new committee members in 2022 to help drive strategy forward; watch this space for announcements in the new year!

Young Leader of the Year

As with every other year, we are looking forward to partnering with the PFM Awards to run the industry renowned Young Leader of the Year Award. More will be announced shortly around timeframes and dates. In the mean-time, check out the YLOTY page on this website to find out more. Will you be nominating yourself or someone else?


At the height of COVID-19, without any in-person events and industry topics were focused to only one, we ran a short podcast series to bring some normality, fun and laughs for listeners. Back, after popular demand, we will be looking to get things going again in 2022.

If you’re interested in joining us or have any specific topics you want us to cover – get in touch!

Coffee Connections

On-line networking became the rage through 2020 and 2021; so we ran a more intimate initiative what we called ‘Coffee Connections’. The aim is to bring together a small group, sharing ideas and discussing important topics where everyone has the chance to get their voice heard. In 2021 we held events covering topics from mental health and wellbeing to international women’s day and career pivots.

We will be announcing more events through 2022, so if you would like to join us, get in touch!


As you know, we are a platform to accelerate change in the workplace…and what better way than to hear fresh, innovative ideas from all corners of the industry.

We will continue with our regular blogs across the year, including guest blogs – so if you have a particular topic or any ideas you would like to share and discuss, just let us know!

In-Person Events

We will of course continue to be hopeful of a healthy and happy new year for everyone work wide; and we love nothing more than getting like-minded people together in one room! So, restrictions dependent we will look to announce some in-person events in 2022. I’m sure you will be looking forward to this as much as we are!

…and much more! So, don’t forget to sign up on this website, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

YLOTY21 Winner Announced!

Edward Wick – Managing Director, Penguin FM

After a long wait, and a very tough process for the Young Leader of the Year Award finalists (Charlotte Coles-Morris, Edward Wick, Tom Yardley and Terri Dale), the winner was announced at the PFM Awards 2021 on the 3rd November.

Congratulations Edward Wick – Managing Director, Penguin FM!

The evening was a huge success. Hosted by Dennis Flower and former England rugby international player and TV personality Martin Bayfield, over 500 people gathered for the FM event of the year!

To see the rest of the winners, just click here.

Watch this space to hear more information from Edward regarding the process and being crowned the Young Leader of the Year 2021!

That’s a wrap folks! #YLOTY2021 Finalist Event

The four finalists of the EWL PFM Young Leader of the Year Award 2021 went head to head in the iconic finalist event held on the 14th October from JLL’s Headquarters in London, hosted by EWL’s very own Claudia Halabi and Sophie Leigh.

The event theme was focused around how FM can positively impact Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance as we exit the pandemic, with guest speaker Emma Wilson – Social Impact Director, Pareto FM.

Charlotte Coles-Morris (Atalian Servest), Terri Dale (Wates FM), Edward Wick (Penguin FM) and Tom Yardley (Mitie) collaborated as a team and delivered joint presentations on their combined thoughts and future views of FM and ESG, followed by a very exciting Q&A session to close the evening.

All finalists will attend the infamous PFM Awards celebrations on the 03rd November being held at the Brewery, London; where the winner of this years award will be announced.

Phil Matis, EWL Co-Chair says “Our partnership with PFM to host the Young Leader of the Year Award is something we value very much and is at the heart of our committee. It really does give an excellent platform for young leaders to get their voice heard across the industry and provides immense opportunity for their future.

The calibre of candidates for this year’s award has simply been outstanding, which has made judging very exciting but also very difficult throughout each phase. All four finalists should be extremely proud of what they have achieved; a huge congratulations and well done to you all!”

YLOTY21: What do the Judges have to say?

The presentation/interview round is right upon us taking place 8th September, in London for the four shortlisted finalists:

  • Tom Yardley, Mite
  • Edward Wick, Penguin FM
  • Charlotte Coles-Morris, Atalian Servest
  • Terri Dale, Wates

Get to know our judges a little more…

Phil Matis is an Operations Director at Churchill Group, leading a soft services portfolio across Scotland and the North of England. He is currently Co-Chair of the EWL alongside Bianca Angelico and he is passionate about creating a platform for the leaders of the future based on engagement and communication. Phil has worked in the FM industry for over 10years, and has extensive strategic and operational experience partnering with local businesses to global organisations across sectors from finance and banking to public sector and transport. 

James Bradley is the Chief Operating Officer at Churchill Group and has been part of the Emerging Workplace Leader for a number of years being one of the co-founders and previous Co-Chair of the network. He believes the award is a fantastic opportunity to support emerging leaders within this great industry!

Howard Murray has worked in the industry for over 20 years, managing and procuring FM services as both supplier and client and been responsible for property and procurement functions. Currently Workplace Director with responsibility for Electronic Arts EMEA and APAC region. Having worked with predominantly tech and media businesses his aim has constantly been about striving to create a working environment that meets the strategic aims of the company.

Emma Wilson is now the Social Impact Director at Pareto FM. Having entered the Facilities Industry as a Building Surveyor, she had the opportunity to experience various roles to become a Lifecycle Project Manager before exiting the industry for a short time and transferring her skills into the Social Sector. Early in her career she was shortlisted for the PFM Young Leader Award; propelling her career, and introducing her to the founder of Pareto FM to now come full circle into her current role.

Marlies Hoogeboom is the Managing Director for Mace’s Operate business in the UK and Europe. In her role, Marlies develops workplace strategies for corporate real estate clients. She is leading a team that is transforming the world of corporate real estate with innovative workplace services. Marlies is also a talent coach in the industry, leading the charge on diversity and inclusion.  As a specialist in large-scale change management projects, Marlies has built a career transforming B2B service businesses across the UK and Europe, delivering commercial value for large organisations in the finance, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.

Advice from the Judges…

  • Be yourself, and don’t hold back from thinking big!
  • Support statements with:
    • Evidence! How did it make a difference? To who? Why?
    • Learnings! What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
  • You never know who you are going to meet in a room, so always put your best self forward in every scenario!
  • Remember what the award is all about – Impact. Impact on the industry and making an impact on the day!

2021 Judging Panel for the #YLOTY Award

The Emerging Workplace Leaders have selected a strong judging panel of industry renowned experts for the next phase of the Young Leader of the Year Award.

The shortlisted candidates will have the chance to present to, and be interviewed by the panel on the 8th September in London to secure their place for the infamous Finalist Event in October.

This years’ judging panel are:

  • Phil Matis – Operations Director, Churchill Group
  • James Bradley – Director, Churchill Group
  • Howard Murray – Workplace Director (EMEA & APAC), Electronic Arts
  • Marlies Hoogeboom – Managing Director (UK, Europe & Asia Pacific), Mace
  • Emma Wilson – Social Impact Director, Pareto FM

Watch this space to find out more about the judges, and their thoughts on the next phase of the award process!