Facility Manager of the Year named at FMANZ Awards

Facility Manager of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year named at annual awards.

New Zealand’s Facility Manager of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year have been named at the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) Gala Awards.

Held at the Te Papa in Wellington, the Brian Happy Award for Facilities Manager of the Year was presented to John Hutchings, account director with Cushman & Wakefield (Westpac and Auckland International Airport accounts).

This award recognises the performance by an individual working in the FM profession – someone who has applied their experience and knowledge to produce exceptional results within their facility, as well as demonstrating excellent personal qualities.

Managing director Paul Huggins said Hutchings has enjoyed ongoing success since joining Cushman & Wakefield four years ago, based on a strong analytical background and a focus on delivering superior results for his clients.

Huggins describes 2018/19 as a stellar year for Hutchings, who has “displayed all manner of skill and strength” in successfully delivering services to Westpac and Auckland International Airport.

Asset planning and maintenance manager at Christchurch International Airport, Nick Flack took away the Young Achiever of the Year Award.

Flack leads CIAL’s asset planning, facilities and maintenance team of specialist technical staff. This team optimises the performance of $1.4 billion in airport facilities and assets across 1000 hectares of property, 75 commercial buildings, a large passenger terminal, airfield, commercial car parking facilities and a network of roads and utilities.

Nick Flack with FMANZ chair Bruce Kenning and FMANZ CEO Gillian Wess. Image source: FMANZ

Blair Forgie, chief operations and property officer at CIAL, said Flack is an “an authentic leader who is driving innovation, collaboration and excellence” in the management of facilities.

FMANZ’s Young Achiever Award recognises an FM professional under the age of 35 who has shown a strong and ongoing commitment to their personal development and that of the wider industry.

MacMillan Plumbing & Gas won FMANZ’s Service Provider of the Year Award, introduced last year to acknowledge outstanding provision of contracted-out facilities management services.

Rohan MacMillan accepts the award on stage with MC, Paddy Gower. Image credit FMANZ

Awarded to an organisation that has demonstrated market-leading performance in service delivery, innovation and value for money, the winner of this award can be either a provider of a range of facilities management services, or an organisation delivering outstanding performance in a single area of service.

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