Category Overview

This category is free to enter and nominations are also accepted. Entrants and nominees will remain confidential at all times.

Now in its fourth year, the Leader of the Year category recognises an individual as a strategic, inspirational leader. This professional will be immediately recognised by the sector, demonstrate clear evidence of leading people, substantive business and organisational change, inspiring others, managing relationships, building trust, together with valued, incontrovertible achievements supporting the workplace and facilities management profession.


From the Lead Judge, Joanna Lloyd-Davies:

“This category has been created to recognise leading individuals including their overall strategic influence in business and across the industry. It also reflects their promotion of the workplace alongside facilities management and related professions, in a wide context.

The outstanding winner of the IWFM Leader of the Year category will be invited to support the formal IWFM ambassadorial programme with planned promotional activities and endeavours.

As in previous years, it is appropriate to recognise the professional seniority of the entrants in this industry leading award category, and we have again invited respected external Judges from broader industry to undertake the final formal judging process.”


Who should enter?

Entrants for the Leader of the Year category will be outstanding, immediately recognised strategic business drivers and influencers in the Workplace and FM profession. We require tangible evidence of delivering strategic, dynamic business with successful outcomes. The winner is already an ambassador for workplace and facilities management, and an exponent of original thinking – notable career successes will be readily acknowledged by peers. This individual is already making a significant positive impact upon the whole profession and is a widely respected, valued leader and champion.


Entry Requirements & Judging Criteria

The Presentation rounds will take place between 6 – 25 June 2019. All entrants that progress to that stage of the judging will need to confirm their availability between these dates.


In addition to a succinct executive summary:

1. Provide the following information about the entrant: Career experience, professional recognition to date, performance successes and achievements, including evidence of strategic development, inspiring and developing others and leading substantive change programmes resulting in clear organisational and business improvement.

2. Describe the entrant’s strategic impact within the entrant’s organisation and the overall workplace and facilities management profession, how this aligns and supports influence and direction within the business and in the wider profession.

3. Detail the entrant’s overall impact in the workplace and facilities management industry, including public profile, strategic influence, thought leadership and support for the sector – moreover, the people involved. Please clarify how these impacts have been measured and achieved.

4. Include a statement from the entrant/nominee on the key challenges and opportunities facing the workplace and facilities management profession and how they anticipate driving their ideas forward for the future.

5. Illustrate how the entrant will create the highest possible impact on the Judges – please note, this will be measured on the overall quality of the submission together with evaluation at the formal interview presentation before the panel of external judges (should the entrant progress to that stage).


The following documents should be included in the entry, these will be included in the 10-page limit:

· A brief career resume, key achievements and innovations, together with other items of note.

· Organisation chart.

· Letter(s) of support from the employing organisation and third parties, in particular those who have benefited or are able to support specific, outstanding achievements.

· A statement from the entrant/nominee on the key challenges and opportunities facing the Workplace and FM profession and how they anticipate driving their ideas forward for the future.

· Original articles or links to papers or publications together with details of lectures and speaking events.


IWFM Ambassador Programme 

The 2019 Leader of the Year will become an ambassador for IWFM and the profession; highlighting and showcasing the value of workplace and facilities management as a career of choice. The winner will be invited to take part in a programme of ambassadorial activities, which will include hosting and leading a specific Leader of the Year Thought Leadership debate.