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!

#YLOTY2021 Shortlisted Finalists Announced!

The Emerging Workplace Leaders have again led the judging process for the PFM Young Leader of the Year 2021, with the process going ahead in person this year after a virtual process in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After a fierce first round of submissions the shortlisted finalists are:

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

Phil Matis, EWL Co-Chair and Operations Director for Churchill Group said “As with all previous years, the standard of submission for the Young Leader of the Year Award have simply been outstanding. The candidates certainly made it difficult for the panel, and it really is a privilege to see what outstanding people we have coming up in the industry.

“The award is all about recognising the significant talents of young managers who have made a great impact to the industry early on in their careers; and so far, we have seen just that. For the next phase, the candidates are given a platform to present to, and be interviewed by industry renowned experts on selected topics, before being selected for the final stage of the awards. Congratulations to all four of you, and good luck!”

PFM Awards 2021 – 3rd November – Don’t Miss It!

Another long-established and highly rewarding aspect within the PFM Partnership Awards is the Young Leader of the year category. The value of this is clearly discernible simply by looking at the previous winners and conducting a quick online search to see where they are now. The same can be said for all those reaching the finalist stage and receiving just rewards for their exemplary efforts. Yet another extremely enjoyable aspect of the YLOTY category is our collaboration with Emerging Workplace Leaders (EWL), including attendance at their online and live events that always deliver numerous benefits within the overall focus of publicising the wealth of young talent within our industry and the many opportunities it offers for rewarding careers.

Dennis Flower, PFM Editor

The overall PFM Awards will take on the 3rd November at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD. Get more information here!

What’s next?

The next part of the process is for the four shortlisted finalists to attend the presentation/interview round on the 8th September in London, where they will present to and be interviewed by experts within the FM Industry. Thereafter, the infamous ‘Finalist Event’ will take place early October where the candidates will go head to head presenting to a wide industry audience giving them a platform to share their voice and thoughts on given topics. More info on the finalist event to come!

#YLOTY21 Launch #PFMAwards2021

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#YLOTY21 Submission Deadline

Submit your nomination to emergingworkplaceleaders@outlook.com along with the application form and high quality headshot by the 23rd July! if you need any more information, feel free to get in touch!

We recently held the Young Leader of the Year Award Launch virtually hosted by one of our Co-chairs Bianca Angelico and Committee Member Cher Sanderson – the energy was amazing and the response to this years award has been phenomenal!

In conjunction with the PFM (Premises and Facilities Management) Awards, EWL partner to award the talent of the next generation of Facility Management professionals. The award category 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.

As part of the launch all attendees were fortunate enough to partake in a mindfulness session from the extremely talented Karen Farrell to start off our day, which went down an absolute treat! We then heard from past finalists and winners Bryony Wellman, Tom Corner and Mohammad Hassan.

Watch this space for the release of Karen’s fantastic mindfulness session being released on video!

Submit your nomination to emergingworkplaceleaders@outlook.com along with the application form and high quality headshot by the 23rd July! if you need any more information, feel free to get in touch!

Are you the next Young Leader of the Year?

“The YLOTY journey was an incredibly rewarding one, and provided an opportunity to pause and reflect on my career achievements to date, ways in which I’d like to continue contributing to community and the environment, and my aspirations to further the industry moving forward. A key highlight was the final round at the iconic City Hall overlooking the Thames, where we were partnered up and given the opportunity to demonstrate our thought leadership through a short presentation. I’m very grateful to the EWL for hosting a highly thought-out and rewarding judging process for the candidates. As YLOTY, I look forward to being a voice for young people and creating a meaningful impact in this dynamic industry of ours“.

Roshan Deshmanya, CBRE, 2019 Young Leader of the Year Award Winner

YLOTY 21 Launch Event!

Join us for the launch of the 2021 award by registering here.

When? – Wednesday 23rd June

What time? – 0830hrs

What? – Introduction and overview of the awards as well as hearing from our past winners and finalists. Also, to top the launch, we have an expert well-being coach to provide a quick session for all registered to highlight the continued focus from Leaders on keeping mental health and well-being at the fore-front of everything we do!

Young Leader of the Year Award Winner 2021

Mohammad Hassan!

In conjunction with the PFM (Premises and Facilities Management) Awards, EWL partner to award the talent of the next generation of Facility Management professionals.

The award category 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.

Who are the past winners? Could you be next?

2020 – Mohammad Hassan – Mitie

2019 – Roshan Deshmanya – CBRE

2018 – Kristian Trend – Sodexo (Watch Winners Interview here!)

2017 – Candy Hollingum – ISS

2016 – Tom Corner – Mitie

2015 – James Bradley – Mitie

2014 – Alex Murphy – ISS

2013 – Reyana Searle – NG Bailey

2012 – Antony Law – Mitie

2011 – George Weekes – Balfour Beatty

2010 – Andrew Hulbert – Rollright

For more information – view the YLOTY Award page on this website!

PFM Awards – YLOTY 2021 – Emerging Workplace Leaders

Drinking Habits of a Leader

Focus on wellbeing

You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel into your car, so you must ask yourself why would you put the wrong fuel in your body? Eventually it will break down just like your car would, right? Taking care of your body and mind is an important part of being a successful leader – if your health is not being maintained to the highest standard then you are not really giving yourself the chance to operate at your optimum.  With this being such an important area, we wanted to dedicate some space to wellbeing, giving practical tips over a series of blogs that will enable you to incorporate new healthy habits resulting in even more success in your daily life…

Drinking habits of a leader…

Approx. 68% of our body weight is water. It supports, maintains, and protects our body, cells and organs. In a nutshell it is what is keeping us alive, yet it is reported that 75% of people in America are dehydrated, with the UK and Europe following suit with similar figures.  Although dehydration effects each person uniquely, some symptoms may include mental fuzziness, brain fog, waves of fatigue, food cravings, anxiety, constipation, and headaches. Long-term dehydration can lead to chronic health issues including decreased kidney function, kidney stones, hypertension, urinary tract infections and intestinal failure.

We lose water through natural bodily processes and exercise, however our lifestyles and what we are consuming are negatively impacting our hydration; Sugary drinks, alcohol, the over usage of caffeinated drinks, along with eating processed foods high in sugar and salt being the main culprits. Obesity can also decrease water to as low as 45% of body weight, putting an even greater strain on health.

Although this may all sound a little gloomy, the wonderful news is that there is an opportunity to introduce better drinking habits that will support hydration and enhance your overall wellbeing in a matter of weeks.

Here’s how to get started…

Drink water, water and more water!

  • Upon waking start your day by drinking 2 glasses of water. You can also squeeze in some lemon to really cleanse, hydrate, and wake up your body even further.
  • Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before and after food – combining the two is not good for digestion or water absorption. (If you are feeling extra thirsty while eating it is an indicator you may have too much sugar and salt in your meal).
  • Drink before you feel thirsty: Sip on water throughout the day, make it a habit.
  • Drink a glass of water before and after caffeinated tea or coffee. Use this rule for alcoholic beverages too.
  • Before and after taking a bath or shower have a glass of water.
  • Ensure you stay hydrated with water during exercise.
  • Limit your caffeinated drinks to 2 a day.
  • Jazz up your water with berries or other fruits.
  • Choose a glass or bottle you will love drinking from- always have this close by.
  • Drink water at room temperature.

Have a Caffeine Detox

Having a caffeine detox is a great way to re-set your body’s hydration levels. You can do this by drinking just water and non-caffeinated herbal tea for a few days. You may find you have some initial withdrawal symptoms from the caffeine (headaches or mood swings). Pay close attention to how you feel after any symptoms pass – do you feel more energised and are you sleeping better? If you find you are still craving the caffeine for energy it is highly likely that there are other things that you want to address; like how much sleep you are having, what food you are eating, along with nutrient and stress levels.

Alternative ways to enhance hydration

  • Sip on non-caffeinated herbal tea, explore different varieties. Use a teapot and have your favourite herbal tea on tap.
  • Switch your soda/sugary drink to a pure natural freshly squeezed fruit juice, vegetable juice or fresh coconut water.
  • Fruit and vegetables are full of water – aim for at least 7 – 10 portions a day.
  • Swap your alcoholic beverage for a kombucha– not only will this fermented tea drink energise you as it is high in B vitamins; it will give your liver a break and it is also fantastic for your gut health – just don’t have more than one a day as this still has some caffeine, a little sugar and a tiny bit of alcohol due to the fermentation process.

Other things to consider

  • Ensure you read the labels of your drinks including non-dairy milks – check for hidden sugars.
  • Salt, artificial flavourings and other highly processed ingredients are extremely dehydrating. Try and opt for natural ingredients and use unrefined salt (celtic sea salt, pink or black Himalayan salt are best).
  • Invest in a water purifier at home. Not only will it make your water taste better and be more enjoyable to drink,  it will also help reduce exposure to chlorine, VOCs, lead, fluoride, parasites, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, micro-plastics, and other contaminants that are found in our tap water.
  • Avoid bottled mineral water – not only is it bad for the environment, but plastic chemicals are shown to leach into the water causing more health issues. If the only option is bottled, go for a glass bottle instead.

About our Blogger – Claudia Halabi

Claudia is one of the founding members of Emerging Workplace Leaders, she works part time for JLL within their EMEA talent acquisition team, is a health blogger and coach and is also a Mum! Along with being on a mission to support new leaders entering the workplace sector and sourcing diverse talent to join JLL, she also has a passion for food and the role it plays in supporting, nurturing, and healing the body and mind. Through coaching she empowers others to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing; creating a more wholesome lifestyle complimented by a diet based on predominantly unprocessed, whole plant foods. Claudia survived colon cancer in 2017 and went on a journey to completely transform her life, she educated herself on nutrition and health is now studying to deepen her knowledge even further. As well as supporting those within the workplace, Claudia also has a special interest in mother and child nutrition. She runs educational workshops and programmes for parents, with a focus on making important changes to their own diet and lifestyle, whilst empowering them to build more conscious and healthy nutrition habits in their babies and toddlers with the help of plant-based food.

For more information or to get in touch please find Claudia on Instagram @lustyandgreen or LinkedIn

We would also love to hear from anyone who incorporates any of the above changes and what results they see, so please do comment below or get in touch!

Becoming an Authentic Leader

Our very own Kristian Trend, Committee Member of the Emerging Workplace Leaders and Account Manager for Sodexo gives us a fantastic narrative on what it is, and what it means to become an Authentic Leader.

Authenticity is a rare commodity in the modern world. Everyone is busy trying to be somebody or something. People feel like they must appear a certain way to fit in. Look no further than social media for evidence of people ‘Living their best life’ or at least nurturing their audience’s perception of doing so.

In the West in particular, ‘fitting in’ with the norms and values of society is regarded (rightly or wrongly), as being paramount to becoming a well-adjusted individual.

Against a backdrop of us all mirroring each other’s behaviours, choices and decisions; it should come as no surprise that we are widely regarded as being in the midst of a leadership crisis. A 2016 Gallup Poll found that “18% of managers demonstrate a high level of talent for leading people” or to put it another way, 82% of managers are not very good at leading people.

This crisis is not unique to the corporate world; it crosses our global institutions and governance. A 2015 survey on the ‘Outlook for the Global Agenda’ found that a staggering 86% of those surveyed agreed that we have a crisis in leadership in the world.

There are several reasons attributed to this crisis. One reason is that managers are often promoted based on their tenure or previous managerial roles. Another is that leadership courses are failing to put enough focus on soft skills and are often aimed at those already in senior leadership roles who are perhaps already set in their ways and harder to shape. The perception in almost every sector, except for maybe relatively young creative/tech companies, is that senior leaders are expected to be in there mid 50’s and 60’s.

It will become increasingly important for organisations to identify and fast track talent sooner than they ever have done before

Kristian Trend

Truth be told, in a fast-changing world in which the rate of technological transformation is speeding up not slowing down, it will become increasingly important for organisations to identify and fast track talent sooner than they ever have done before. This will bring a new emphasis on talent who exemplify soft skills and emotional intelligence and not solely technical expertise or commercial acumen. It is the soft skills element of the equation to which people align to, to which they want to be led by.

People want leaders they can trust, leaders who are compassionate, leaders who communicate clearly and honestly with them. This can be summed up in one word ….. being Authentic!

Authenticity will mean different thing to different people. A big part of being more authentic is becoming the same person in work as you are out of work. As an aspiring young leader myself, and member of the Emerging Workplace Leaders which is an organisation setup to give aspiring talent a platform in the FM sector, I use the word ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’, deliberately. This is because I see this personally as more of a process than an accomplished destination I have already arrived at.

I would like to share with you an example from my own life…

For many years I was not out as being gay at work. In fact, I did not fully come out at work until over 10 years after coming out to friends and family. Although I knew that society had moved on significantly, and particularly working for a large multinational company, I had nothing to fear, I still rationalised not coming out. My excuses were numerous but largely centred around my drive for progression. I did not want anyone in my team, some of whom were devout in their religious beliefs, to respect me any less as a leader or to take my instructions less seriously or even to impact the overall performance of the team. I also thought that even in a multinational company, there could still be pockets of hidden prejudice, individuals who mouth the values of equality and diversity, yet deep down do not believe in it. All of this meant that even if there was only a small chance that it would affect my progression opportunities, I was not prepared to take it.

However, I then became aware of the concept of Authentic Leadership which explained that for people to buy into your vision, it is important they believe in what you stand for. It made me think and ask myself the following questions –

  • How can people truly buy into my vision whilst I still hold so much back about myself?
  • Do people really care that much about my sexuality?
  • What if it were only 1 person in 100 who thought less of me? Or even 1 in 1000? Or what if no one at all?
  • What if by not being my true self I am selling myself short?
  • What if people see that I am not being authentic and that has a detrimental impact on my long-term leadership potential?

In the following days, I decided to not only meet with all my team to “come out” but brought it up at a presentation I was giving on career development to Sodexo’s middle management talent pool. After which I received a message from an attendee to say I had inspired them to do the same thing in their workplace!

This experience left me feeling relieved and energised and I realised that by being vulnerable, people respected me more, not less.

To summarise, if we commit to reviewing our own authenticity and work together to give aspiring talent a greater voice and put more focus on soft skill development; then I believe that this perceived leadership crisis that we are living through, would quickly evaporate.

What can you do to become an Authentic Leader? If you are looking for any support or guidance, feel free to reach out to Kristian or any of the other committee members who will be more than happy to spare some time for a quick chat!

New Co-Chairs Announced!

We are thrilled to announce a change in Leadership with Bianca Angelico (Director of Guest Services at Amulet) and Phil Matis (Operations Director at Churchill Group) assuming the position of Co-Chairs from March 2021.

Taking over from James Bradley and Claudia Halabi, both Bianca and Phil have expressed their gratitude and thanks for their strong leadership and direction in not only the re-branding of the EWL, but through the global pandemic across 2020.

We truly believe the change in leadership showcases our mission to keep ‘paying it forward’ and ensures emphasis on our overarching goals of accelerating change in the workplace and providing a platform for emerging leaders to connect and focus on their professional and personal growth.

“Over the past few years, the Emerging Workplace Leaders has went from strength to strength; and both Bianca and I are very excited, yet humbled to take on the mantle of Co-Chairs of the EWL. We aim to keep this consistency, and provide a fresh and innovative strategy to reach as many people and organisations as possible”.

Phil Matis (Co-Chair, EWL)

The committee is made up of a number of volunteers with representatives from leading organisations such as Mitie, Churchill, Leesman, ISS, Sodexo and CBRE. To find out more about the EWL and see our full committee click here!

Bianca has commented stating:

“I am bursting with enthusiasm to drive the EWL’s agenda and mission, and very passionate about the the benefits that the EWL Community brings. I know first-hand that we are a forum for people to come together and learn. We network, share knowledge and most of all, recognise our emerging leaders of tomorrow”.

Bianca Angelico, Co-Chair, EWL)

Hear from Phil and Bianca on the EWL’s #ChatFM latest podcast. Click here!

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YLOTY Finalist Showcase Event Part Two – Finalist Presentations

Part two of the finalists’ showcase event went down a storm. It was great to hear from Kayleigh, Mohammad and James on their throughts around how FM can support the road to recovery throughout 2021!

If you missed it – you can watch the recording here!

Don’t forget to sign up and register for the PFM Partnership, were the Young Leader of the Year 2020 will be announced alongside the celebrations of all of the finalists and winners from each category. Sign up here!

We just wanted to wish the three finalists a huge contragulations on behalf of the Emerging Workplace Leaders, and everyone involved in making these awards happen. It is a fantastic achievement to get this far – good luck to you all for the 17th March!

YLOTY Finalist Showcase Event Part One – Reverse Interviews

#YLOTY20 Reverse Interviews Kick off the two-part Finalist Showcase Event!

Part One of the 2020 Young Leader of the Year Award finalist event was all about turning the tables, and giving Kayleigh Stevenson (Derwent FM), James Mabbett (Atalian Servest), and Mohammad Hassan (Mitie) a chance to interview the judges and put them on the spot to spark debate around some of the hot topics the industry is currently facing….and what an event!

From questions around Diversity and Inclusion, Procurement and Well-being; to Engagement, Digitisation and Tech; the judges were put under pressure to give their expert views and opinions for the three finalists in preparation for the ultimate showcase this Friday 12th February at 1230hrs. Sign up here!

In true EWL spirit, the event was recorded, so if you missed out – watch here! – and look forward to you all tuning in later in the week to hear more from Kayleigh, James and Mohammad.