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IFMA continues to raise the profile of facility management globally with formation of new Barbados Chapter

June 05, 2019

Today, the global board of directors of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) approved a petition to form a new chapter in Barbados, one of the larger islands in the eastern Caribbean region in terms of population and economic activity. With the addition of the Barbados Chapter, IFMA continues to grow its professional community and raise the profile of facility management globally.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is already prominent on the island, presenting the new chapter with an opportunity to leverage the partnership between IFMA and RICS. With support from Chapter Steering Committee president Ian Rogers, who is a member of the RICS Caribbean board, IFMA’s Barbados Chapter will reach out to the large number of property-related professionals on the island to increase awareness of facility management and grow its membership.

Since 2016, the IFMA-RICS collaboration has provided an unprecedented level of industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25-million facility management practitioners around the world. The IFMA-RICS suite of credentials and professional qualifications provides opportunities for entry into and advancement in facility management, offering a full spectrum of professional development for every career stage.

“The launch of the IFMA Barbados Chapter speaks to the great value and interest that the facility management professionals in the region have for the advancement of the profession and the built environment,” said Aykean Matthews, MBA, FMP, CFM, Facilities Operations Director, The International School Port of Spain, Trinidad and a member of IFMA’s Americas Advisory Board. “IFMA will open doors to a world of opportunities, possibilities and potential for the improvement of the standards and practices of facility management in Barbados and the region, particularly through education.”

A leading tourist destination with a rich history, Barbados properties include luxury resorts, high-end homes and rental properties, entertainment venues, business complexes and historical architecture. Following a series of challenges with prominent buildings, interest in the benefits of professional facility management (FM) increased among the Barbados government, as it looked at initiatives for improving the government estate. Facility management courses are currently being offered at the University of the West Indies and the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity.