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

Winner Edward Wick, with Co-Chairs Phil Matis and Bianca Angelico

Hear from the PFM YLOTY Award Sponsor, James Fitzpatrick of Boden Group

Boden Group have been sponsoring the award since 2018, James Fitzpatrick says “At Boden Group we’re passionate about finding people fulfilling careers that enable them to flourish We’ve spent the past decade bringing a better standard of service to Facilities Management recruitment.

“For us, Facilities Management is a sector that doesn’t get celebrated nearly as much as it deserves. Over the past 18 months the incredible, diligent work of FM professionals has been thrown into the spotlight, and we are excited at the opportunity this brings to show what a fantastic career choice Facilities Management can be.

That’s why we’re so proud to be sponsoring the Young Leader of the Year award again this year. In these extraordinary young professionals, we see the selflessness of putting the wellbeing of others first, the strategic initiative of managing people’s health and safety, and the tenacity to take the lead and succeed. Their bright futures will act as a beacon to guide others into what is undoubtedly a fulfilling and rewarding career choice”.

Listen below to hear further from James!

A little more about James…

James Fitzpatrick is Boden Group’s Managing Director and founder. He founded Boden Group in 2012, after more than a decade working in recruitment within the FM sector.

James had a fundamental belief that FM provided the backbone to many organisations and was being let down by recruitment partners who undervalued their contribution.

He formed Boden Group to offer a better quality of service, and an unparalleled level of advice and expertise.

Alongside this, James wanted to build a company where people could flourish and build rewarding and fulfilling careers. He uses his 21 years of experience in recruitment to develop every member of the team at Boden, helping them to achieve their own personal goals.

Shortlisted Finalists for the 2021 Young Leader of the Year Award

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

2021 Judging Panel

  • 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

2020 Winner – Mohammad Hassan!

2021 Timeline:

  • 16th June 2021 – Award Launch, Virtual
  • July 2021 – Written Submission Deadline (via entry form and email to emergingworkplaceleaders@outlook.com)
  • Sept 2021 – Presentations and Interview
  • Oct 2021 – Finalist Event
  • November 2021 – PfM Awards Night – The Brewery, London

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) – Young Leader of the Year 2019

Young Leader of the Year

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.

2021 Nominations

Don’t leave it too late! Nominate using the link below!

You will need to write a 1,500-word description of your entry. Supplementary information may also be submitted in the form of graphs or tables etc, but this should be strictly limited. There are no extra points for volume!

Complete the entry form and include it with your entry submission. For entries in Young Leader of the Year category the proposer and nominee should complete the form.


Previous Award Winners

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