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Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the facilities management industry, will determine the winners of the Facilities Management Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a Facilities Management Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Facilities Management Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the awards' website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

2018 Judging Panel

The winners of the Facilities Management Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.

Judging Co-ordinator

Pat Gaughan - Managing Director, Advanced Workplace Solutions

Pat Gaughan - Judging Co-ordinator & Managing Director, Advanced Workplace Solutions

Pat Gaughan is the Managing Director of Advanced Workplace Solutions, the Facilities Management Training and Consultancy Company. Advanced Workplace Solutions is the leading organisation for Short Term Facilities Management courses in Ireland. Pat has been involved in the Facilities Management profession for over twenty years at a senior management level, working with both Irish and International clients across EMEA.

His past experience in developing strategic focus, delivering global operations and managing high performance teams enables him to have an insight into the needs and requirements of the Facilities Management Sector.

Pat is also currently Chairman of BIFM Ireland.

Judging Panel

Fionnuala Byrne - Head of Facilities, CEMEA, Google

Fionnuala Byrne - Head of Facilities, CEMEA, Google

Fionnuala Byrne has worked in the FM industry for over 18 years with experience in property management, office fit-outs, contract management and workplace services.

She is currently Head of Facilities - CEMEA with Google with responsibility for delivery of FM and workplace services throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa focusing on developing and delivering innovative workplace solutions, change programmes and operational services across a diverse office portfolio.

Fionnuala has lectured in FM for a number of years, holds various qualifications including a BSc. in Valuation Surveying  from Trinity College and an MSc. in Facilities Management from Heriot Watt University, is an accredited member of Society of Chartered Surveyors and leads the Southern Branch of BIFM in Ireland.

Martin McMahon - Managing Director, Accent Solutions

Martin McMahon - Managing Director, Accent Solutions

Having qualified as an Engineer for UCD in 1986, Martin worked for Elan, GE, Cadburys and HP before starting up Vector Workplace & Facility Management in 1999. In 2005, the company was floated on the London Stockmarket and expanded the business into 12 countries. In 2009, it was taken private and sold to Aramark.

Martin is involved in a range of companies and both invests in and mentors a number of start-up businesses. With his long-time business partner, Anne Ita Ryan, they have stated another Facilities Services organisation, Accent Solutions, which now employs almost 400 people.

Having gained a Diploma in Project Management from Trinity College (1997) and an MBA from DCU (1992), Martin is now studying History in UCD.

Martin is a long-term supporter and committee member of BIFM and has been presented with a number of awards, including the Smith Testimonial Prize (IEI), Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and Facilities Management Leadership Award.

Eileen Slamon - Dublin Workplace Manager, LinkedIn

Eileen Slamon - Dublin Workplace Manager, LinkedIn

Eileen Slamon is the Dublin Workplace Manager for LinkedIn.

Prior to joining the professional networking organisation in 2013, Eileen worked for Bank of Ireland Group where she held various positions in IT, Operations, Recruitment and HR before moving into Facilities & Property Management.

Eileen was a member of the project team which delivered LinkedIn’s new EMEA HQ Building in Dublin. She is a member of the BIFM Ireland Committee.

Denis Egan - Managing Director, Weston Facilities Services

Denis Egan - Managing Director, Weston Facilities Services

Denis Egan is the owner and Managing Director of Weston Facilities Services Ltd, which offers the full range of hard and soft services and also includes design and installation works. Weston was formed from Denis’ acquisition of the Irish arm of an international FM firm in November 2015 and other acquisitions are in progress and due to close in 2018.

Denis has over 20 years’ experience, with a background covering different industries and market sectors, including Telecoms, Datacentres, Commercial, Bio/Pharma, Medical Devices and the Public Sector. Denis is a trusted advisor to clients and colleagues on operations management, procurement, sales and marketing, building services, facilities and real estate management. Denis is passionately invested in ensuring the human aspect of delivering services is brought back to the fore in FM, with a focus on providing the platforms for the teams of expert colleagues to focus on delivering market leading solutions for Weston’s clients.

Áine Mulcahy - Managing Director, OCS Group Ireland

Áine Mulcahy - Managing Director, OCS Group Ireland

Primarily responsible for the company’s performance, Áine reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and shareholders as well as leading and supporting the OCS Group Board of Directors.

Áine Mulcahy is regarded as an expert, innovator and industry leader in Facilities Management.   She is Managing Director with the OCS group for the last 5 years, having amassed over 20 years in senior management positions both at home and abroad.

Áine has a proven track record to deliver. Her energy and enthusiasm is evident right across the day to day commercial management of OCS Group, meeting with clients in order to provide best-in-class service while delivering value.

Under the stewardship of Áine the OCS Group has seen its annual turnover rise to €52 million last year.

In addition to a MSc Professional Sales & Business Management, Áine also has a Degree in Social Studies.

As a proactive Committee member of the BIFM (Irish Branch) Áine led the team who were responsible for bringing the Facilities Management Exhibition to Ireland in 2015/16.

Conor Cooney - Lead Facilities Management Consultant, Arup

Conor Cooney - Lead Facilities Management Consultant, Arup

Conor Cooney joined Arup in 1999 as a building services engineer. Based on the engineering skills acquired, his strong communication abilities and his desire to expand his responsibilities within Arup, Conor has concentrated his efforts on developing the Facilities & Asset Management services since 2003.

He now leads Arup’s Facilities & Asset Management Consultancy team in Ireland. His work has led to commissions with numerous high profile clients, public and private, providing strategic, tactical and operational advice and guidance to cover the enormous array of client requirements within this discipline. He is also a Committee member of the BIFM Ireland.

George Harold - CEO, Integrated Facilities Solutions

George Harold - CEO, Integrated Facilities Solutions

CEO and co-founder of Integrated Facilities Solutions. We work with clients to define Building Information requirements and deliver approved design, construction & operational information from your supply chain to all key stakeholders in your organisation. With over 20 years’ experience assisting blue-chip customers, our Software and value-added Services provide a secure data environment from Design & Construction Collaboration right through to the co-ordination & delivery of Project Handover & Asset information to the Owner/Operators & Facilities Management team.

Eoin Manley - Group Facilities Manager & Acting H&S Manager, Dalata Hotel Group

Eoin Manley - Group Facilities Manager & Acting H&S Manager, Dalata Hotel Group

Dalata is the largest hotel operator in Ireland and successfully operates 38 hotels through the Maldron and Clayton Hotel brands throughout Ireland & the UK, as well as managing a portfolio of Partner Hotels. The portfolio is set to expand in the coming years with new properties announced already for Cork, Belfast, Dublin, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow with further expansion expected

Eoin joined Dalata Hotel group as Facilities Manager in 2015 and currently holds the position of Group Facilities Manager and Acting Health and Safety Manager within the group.

Eoin has worked in Facilities in the Hospitality Sector for over 16 years, both in Ireland and the UK. Having gained valuable experience with International Brands such as Intercontinental and Hilton, he has also previously worked with Irish Hotel operator Tifco hotels, where he managed in a number of properties within the group

His remit within Dalata Hotel Group is to work with the Senior Management in achieving savings through contract negotiations, energy projects and streamlining the Facilities function.

Throughout his time in Facilities, he has been involved with a number of large FM projects including refurbishments, extensions and new builds. He is also involved in a broad range of energy projects such as Solar, CHP’s and water wells.

Derek O'Boyle - General Manager, ‎MKF Property Services

Derek O'Boyle - General Manager, ‎MKF Property Services

A previous Facilities Management Awards recipient and sponsor, MKF Property Services is an Irish company established over 20 years which offers proven Facilities Management solutions and expertise both nationally and internationally. MKF partner with their Clients to deliver FM solutions ranging from traditional FM Core services such as technical/soft services provision and EHS, through to FM Strategic Services and Project/ Capital Investment Management and Support.

Derek joined MKF Property Services Ltd as a Facilities Engineer in 2005 from Response CSL, where he managed the national maintenance and commissioning teams servicing local authority and multinational Clients. In early 2008, he undertook the role of Operations Manager within MKF, managing multiple FM clients and projects across Healthcare, Manufacturing, Public Sector, Commercial / Multinational, Hospitality and Tourism. Derek was subsequently appointed to the position of General Manager in 2015.

Derek had successfully delivered and managed a broad base of FM Projects and Solutions across Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Russia and Georgia. Derek is a current member of the BIFM Ireland Southern Branch committee.

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