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World FM Day Conference announces Past Global FM Platinum Excellence recipient

| 2016-07-08 00:00:00

Deborah Rowland, Head of Property Asset Management for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice and recipient of the 2014 Global FM Platinum Excellence Award, will be a keynote speaker at the inaugural World Facilities Management Day Conference & Exhibition in Barbados on July 13th – 14th 2016. Rowland will address this year’s theme “Maintaining Asset Value in the Caribbean and Latin America”, along with several other speakers from across the region and the United Kingdom, including Robert James Farman, Principal at Abacus Engineering Consultancy and Jan Brown, Leader of Facilities Management for Terra Caribbean. They are among a range of presenters from both the Public and Private sectors to speak on issues of creating sustainable assets, the impact of FM on the environment, data management and security, and much more.

Registration continues for the two-day conference which takes place at the Savannah Hotel, Hastings Christ Church, and is being hosted by ACE Project Solutions , supported by the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of the International Facilities Management Association (TTIFMA). The highly anticipated event is expected to attract scores of C-Suite Executives, Property Developers and Managers, Building and Maintenance Managers as well as Health and Safety Experts from Barbados and around the region.

Rowland’s huge experience, particularly in public sector Facilities Management will make what she has to share enormously relevant as regional governments are increasingly urged to address concerns of poorly maintained public sector buildings, be them schools, hospitals or central government offices.

ACE’s Managing Director Ian Rogers says, “The world over faces pressure to increase financial and environmental efficiency, the Caribbean and many Latin American economies are uniquely vulnerable in this area. One way governments can surmount these challenges is by recognising that routine maintenance of their building assets is more cost effective in the long run. Generally, this region has not been good at maintaining assets on a planned and continuous basis. Our approach to facilities management tends to be reactive, which is more expensive in terms of eventual repair, disruption to occupants resulting in decreased productivity, occupational health and safety concerns, and damage to the organisation’s reputation”.

“So we are thrilled to be having Ms. Rowland and a suite of suitably qualified professionals walk us through these issues”, Rogers adds.
Presentations, a panel discussion, professional networking opportunities and an FM Sector exhibition all make up part of the World FM Conference and Exhibition which coincides with World Facilities Management Day 2016 July 13th, celebrated this year under the theme “Empowering People for a Productive World.”

Additional conference sponsors and supporters include Terra Caribbean, B.A.G Consulting Limited, Barbados Yellow Pages, Pilot Management Services, and RTek Services Limited. To register or learn more about the World FM Conference and Exhibition in Barbados, explore our website, or like our Facebook page at For media passes, please contact Janelle Chandler,

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