Cheryl-Anne Sanderson

Cheryl-Anne Sanderson | G4S

 Regional Manager Wales - MoJ TFM contract | G4S FM UK and Ireland

Regional Manager – G4S Wales

I have been employed by G4S Facilities Management for just under four years, starting initially as a Service Manager and rising to my current position as Regional Manager for Wales on the Ministry of Justice TFM contract. I believe that to succeed in the FM industry you have to have enthusiasm, drive, the ability to communicate effectively and most crucially, be able to listen and engage with both your client and your own team. I firmly believe that successful managers operate most effectively when working within a great team.

I actively promote collaborative working and encourage my colleagues and team at all levels to widen their aspirations, expand their experiences and seek new qualifications. I'm very proud to work in the FM industry and am keen to promote this profession as an exciting, challenging and varied career choice for young people to consider. I would also like to encourage more women to join the sector and have have recently become a committee member for the Young Managers' Forum.


Sajna Rahman

Sajna Rahman | Sodexo

 FM Development Manager | Sodexo

Four years ago I embarked on a journey to raise my profile, and became actively involved both within my industry Facilities Management and beyond. I am a known networker and connector & a proficient user of social media, building my personal brand as well promoting the brand of the organization I work for. I have delivered many successful events and my most success event was a ground breaking exclusive event ‘Tomorrow Meets Today’ for my industry.

I dedicate a lot of my personal time to help others by volunteering; I have reaped the benefits from my volunteering roles and feel it is my responsibility to give back. I have had a great deal of support from people who have been an influence in my life. I am passionate about my profession and have been lucky enough to land a role in my organisation designed with my individual skills in mind


Sophie Austin

Sophie Austin | Sodexo

 Social Media and Marketing Manager | Sodexo (Universities)

I’m Sophie and I've been working for Sodexo at City University London for just over a year and a half. My role allows me to combine my passion for social media with my passion for food! I engage with students around food, health and nutrition, listening and responding to feedback and pioneering new and creative catering concepts with the Chefs on site. A big part of my role is bettering the student experience by understanding the role food plays in the life of today’s students. Outside of my ‘day job’ I sit on the Employee Engagement Group, which looks at how we can communicate better with our front line staff, and our Bright Ideas group which collates great ideas from around the business and puts them into action. I’m also a mentor for our Student Board of Directors, which gives students industry experience whilst working on problem solving projects.


Rising Star in Education & Academia Shortlist 2016


Pleun van Deurssen

Pleun van Deurssen | Incentive QAS Ltd

 Facility Manager | Incentive FM Group

My name is Pleun van Deurssen, a facility management enthusiast born and raised in Deurne, the Netherlands. By the age of 17, I moved to Breda (NL) to study International Real Estate and Facility Management, where I later graduated with a specialisation in change management. Three years ago I moved to London to finish my degree and further my professional career. I started on an internship for Incentive FM Group, where I was the first graduate intern to help implementing three IT systems. Following on from that, I have set up a complete new role for the organisation; Training Coordinator, and after a year, I moved into operational FM where I am currently still working. In my spare time, I am the secretary for a branch association and look forward sharing my views to the new and/or young generation who are ready to explore the world of facility management.


Rising Star in Facilities Management Shortlist 2016


Marianne Kwong

Marianne Kwong | BNP Paribas

 Procurement Manager | BNP Paribas

Marianne Kwong is a professional and conscientious individual with ten year’s experience in FM procurement. She shares her knowledge, advises Facilities Managers, and is responsible for the implementation and development of the procurement strategy at BNP Paribas Real Estate where services procured is in excess of £50m per annum. She pursues innovation and continuous improvement by supporting new and challenging projects, whilst creating an environment where others want to do their best. She is self aware who learns from the past and uses this for the future.

Marianne studied French and lived in Lyon for a year. She is an active member of MixCity, an employee led network that aims to help promote gender balance in the work place. She has turned her hand to jewellery making and photography, and loves to travel. For mindfulness, she practices yoga, and is a keen tennis player and snowboarder.


Sophie Kimber

Sophie Kimber | ISS

 Procurement Manager - Category Management | ISS UK Ltd

Sophie Kimber graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010 before working in various administration roles. She started at ISS UK Ltd in January 2013 where her career in Procurement began. Sophie is studying towards her MCIPS qualifications of which she has achieved her Diploma and is 4/5 through the Advanced Diploma. Sophie is a motivated and ambitious individual continuously striving for career progression which is evident through 2 promotions in the last 3 years. Sophie has a positive and adaptable approach to work with a range of diverse skills, she yearns success and is keen to learn, develop new expertise and has the ability to work assertively and professionally.



Lianne Lawson

Lianne Lawson | Interserve Construction

 Senior Site Manager | Interserve Construction Limited

I have worked with Interserve for over 8 years and moved from a trainee engineer to a senior site manager running one of Interserve’s flagship projects for 2015, Factory 2050 in Sheffield. Whilst working full time at Interserve, I completed my degree: Construction Management(BSc) where I won Leeds Metropolitan University student of the year, and a training trust award with Interserve for my continued education whilst working.  In 2015 I was also highly commended as Employee of the Year for Interserve Construction and was part of the successful ‘Team of the Year’ for works at Factory 2050 for Interserve plc.  I am a board director for the Interserve Employee Foundation and most importantly a mother to my 9 year old daughter who has been a part of my life throughout all of my studies and work.


Mary N O Connor

Mary N O Connor | London Bridge Quarter Estate Management

Assistant Operations Manager

Facilities is an ever changing and developing industry that I love being part of and seeing the possibilities it presents. My Mother taught me, that hard work speaks for itself, passion is addictive and independence is a good quality to have.

I have reached where I am today by being honest, having pride in my work and saying yes to doing things initially outside my skill set. Some of the most interesting projects I have worked on have been things I didn't know how to do before. Being part of the BIFM Rising FM Sig being a perfect example.

I continually strive to learn and understand more about the industry and try to instil that knowledge and curiosity in my team. Further to this I am extremely passionate about gender parity and helping inspire girls to get into FM and savouring all the exciting challenges it has to offer.


Kirsty Johnston Apprentice Awards 2

Kirsty Johnston | Mitie

 Head of Business Improvement | Mitie Technical Facilities Management

Positive attitude, immense ambition and an unlimited desire to work hard has been the foundation for the success of Kirsty Johnston.

In 2008 I started as a Contracts Administrator was soon showed signs of potential leadership. By the time 2010 arrived I was promoted to Portfolio Leader for Major Accounts. By 2012 I became Senior Coordinator for the City of London and then Assistant Facilities Manager for the University of Law by 2014 and Performance Manager on MoJ.

I proved that someone from an Administration Team with no previous technical qualification could go on to achieve HNC in Building Services Engineering Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, gaining an overall Distinction.

At 27 years old, I am now Head of Business Improvement and a Gender role model for others in Mitie to follow from Administration to Key Operation Management positions.


Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson | NSPCC

 Facilities Manager | NSPCC

I have worked for the NSPCC for nine year’s, I started as their Receptionist and have worked my way up to the Facilities Manager. I absolutely love what I do and have the added bonus of bundles of job satisfaction to be able to go home at the end of every day knowing you made a difference. One of my proudest achievements at the NSPCC was to set up the apprenticeship scheme, working along side another Charity called City Gateway who work with YP from challenging backgrounds. I have committed 2 years to each apprentice, I work with them on all levels guiding/mentoring them through their apprenticeship and supporting them through some difficult personal situations. I am now reaping the rewards as I watch them leave the NSPCC into full time employment having turned their life around. I also volunteer for Childline after work as a Children’s telephone counsellor it’s a total honour to be a part of these young people’s lives.