The Facilities Management Conference

In a 2021 industry review on the future of FM, it was reported that “40% of today’s Facility Managers will retire by 2026” – a statistic that demonstrates a sizeable portion of future FM leaders will be of a new generation. Though we are already seeing the increased rise in technology and changing working practices, accelerated further by the pandemic, what can we expect over the present decade?

Current senior professionals and FM leaders of tomorrow will experience a digital transformation, unlike any other period during the sector’s history. The Internet of Things and remote access are seeing endless new applications, the introduction of AI technology is revolutionising maintenance and green buildings are further ripping up the rule book.

To what extent are FM providers up to date? What have been the major challenges in seeking to evolve? How much of the pandemic’s “new normal” is here to stay?

Salford Professional Development is proud to deliver its seventh Facilities Management Conference. An informative day filled with useful case studies, practical advice, and an opportunity to discuss your challenges with our panel of experienced speakers.

At a glance

AJ Bell Stadium
£0 + VAT
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*** We don’t accept delegate registrations from suppliers. Please click here for sponsorship details. *** 

Learning Outcomes

  • Hear about the key industry-shaping trends presented by leading experts
  • Learn about how FM is trying to do more in creating a more diverse sector
  • Improving current systems to match the needs of the new workspaces
  • Definition of practical sustainability in the varying landscape of FM
  • Understanding to what extent can sustainability help to reduce building operating costs
  • Discussion of the ways in which various industries have acted post-pandemic
  • Network with delegates from across the facilities management sector and discuss action-orientated solutions you can implement for your business.
  • Hear from, engage and question industry leaders on the future of the FM sector
  • Explore various learning resources and the latest data



Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening remarks from chair


Opening Keynote

The newly appointed chair Mark Whittaker discusses the challenges and ambition of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. Navigating post-Covid and what the FM sector will look like over the present decade.


Mark Whittaker
Chair, Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)


Headline Sponsor


Importance of Diversity

LGBT+ in Facilities Management’s vision is to be a network that engages all our stakeholders in driving fairness inclusion and respect for LGBT+ people working in the facilities industry organisations. The mission is to collaborate to make the facilities management sector the most attractive, inclusive and supportive industry for the LGBT+ community in the UK and Ireland

Sharon Slinger – Chair, LGBT+ in Facilities Management/Owner & Director, Constructing Rainbows Ltd

Colin Kimber - Associate Director, Pareto Facilities Management Ltd


Networking Break


Main Stage


Case Study: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom. Its stated purpose is "to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK"

Dave Aldridge
Dave Aldridge
Facilities Management Technical Lead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory


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Sponsored Seminar(s)


Networking Break


Sponsored Seminar(s) including the Headline Sponsor Seminar slot


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Changing Lanes: Entering FM from other fields 



Sponsored Seminar(s)


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: Future of FM (plus Headline Sponsor)

Mark Whittaker – Chair, Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), Headline Sponsor (more TBC)


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Case Study

The outbreak of covid posed unprecedented challenges for the Facilities Management sector, with implications of the post-lockdown governing of buildings still being navigated. The facilities where we work, socialise, live and heal, are having to assimilate a higher level of operational flexibility to overcome past challenges and prepare for future threats. What lessons were learnt from the pandemic, and how will our interaction with the built environment change? 


Closing remarks from chair


Event Ends

Who Should Attend?

  • Commercial Manager
  • Company Directors
  • Contract Managers
  • Energy Officers
  • Estate Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • FM Managers
  • Head of Capital and Estates Management
  • Head of Engineering
  • Head of Estates
  • Head of Property Services
  • Head of Technical and Design Services
  • Heads of Facilities Management
  • Property Managers
  • Regional Programme Managers
  • Service Manager

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