Dave Wilson Honoured as IFMA Fellow 2016

Morphose non-executive director becomes third British member to be recognised by the prestigious
institute for FM professionals.

 

Dave Wilson has been named as an IFMA Fellow in the class of 2016. Established in 1992, to recognise members dedicated to IFMA and the facilities management (FM) profession, the fellows programme creates an elite core of respected leaders who act as advisers to and ambassadors of the association and the FM profession. Being named an IFMA Fellow is the highest honour the association can bestow on a member.

 

Maureen Ehrenburg, FRICS, CRE, and chair of the board for the IFMA said:

“With pioneering FM practices and more than 35 years of standard-setting expertise, Dave Wilson has advanced the strategic importance of FM across Europe. His global perspective joins diverse elements of academic thinking, emerging practice, knowledge sharing, and professional experience, Helping him make significant contributions to international FM standardization through his many roles. It is for these reasons that he has been recognized as an IFMA Fellow at World Workplace, 2016.”

 

Until Wilson’s acknowledgement, 103 professionals have received the distinction, of which only two have been British. The most recent British fellow was awarded over 10 years ago.

 

Wilson comments:

“To be acknowledged by IFMA – as one of only three British Fellows – is a source of great pride. To be selected by such an esteemed group of professionals – colleagues that I respect and admire in equal measure – is humbling. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with IFMA and all my colleagues in the future”.

 

Wilson has 25 years’ expertise in FM, working in the sector globally at board director level. He has worked on mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and service improvement projects with internationally recognised corporate occupiers and service providers.  He also has significant experience in the FM and real estate markets across EMEA, Asia Pacific, the USA and the UK, and high level contacts through his involvement with global industry. Wilson was deputy chair of the BIFM and is also a former president of IFMA UK and IFMA Europe.

 

Teena Shouse, who nominated Wilson for the award, added:

“What truly distinguishes Dave’s contribution has been his commitment to collaborative working, the pursuit of the communal benefit without regard to personal gain or kudos, and his ability to pull together diverse strands of academic thinking, emerging practice, learning and personal experience for the wider benefit of the FM profession. He does not seek personal acclaim but responds positively to multiple requests for assistance from IFMA and others, and throws himself whole-heartedly into each team with which he works.”

 

The 2016 Class of Fellows will be recognized at IFMA’s Awards of Excellence held in conjunction with World Workplace in San Diego, USA October 5-7, 2016.

Morphose advises Incentive FM on key acquisition

International advisory and brokerage service Morphose has provided expert consultancy advice to FM service provider Incentive FM Group on its acquisition of ARL Support Services, a specialist window cleaning company. The acquisition will strengthen the group’s cleaning services offer.

 

ARL Support Services has national contracts with major restaurant groups including Pizza Express and Zizzi as well as retail chains such as Matalan.

 

Morphose researched the market for key target organisations and presented a number of options to Incentive FM Group, and then supported the business through the acquisition. This is the third acquisition where Morphose has supported Incentive and follows the purchase of two M&E companies – Ace Engineering in Derby and Comserve in Kings Langley – over the past 12 months.

 

Nick Atherton Morphose MD said:

“We’re delighted to have supported Incentive FM Group in another key acquisition, Through ARL’s 30-strong mobile workforce, Incentive FM Group can now provide customers with a complete range of window cleaning services, from low to high level. It perfectly complements the specialist cleaning service offered by Incentive QAS.”

Morphose appoints Dave Wilson and Paul Rafferty as non-executive directors

International advisory and brokerage service business Morphose has appointed Dave Wilson and Paul Rafferty as non-executive directors.

 

Wilson has 25 years’ expertise in FM, working in the sector globally at board director level. He has worked on mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and service improvement projects with internationally recognised corporate occupiers and service providers.  He also has significant experience in the FM and real estate markets across EMEA, Asia Pacific, the USA and the UK, and high level contacts through his involvement with global industry. Wilson was deputy chair of the BIFM and is also a former president of IFMA UK and IFMA Europe.

 

Rafferty is a successful business and finance entrepreneur with an impressive knowledge of the support services sector. He spent a number of years in banking with Barclays before embarking on a career change seeking and setting up Integrated Cleaning Management, which he grew to be a market leader before selling it to a FTSE 100 company who specialised in the support services industry. Rafferty brings a wealth of experience in operations and large team management, customer service, client development, profitable growth and a deep insight into what it fundamentally takes to create a business that can be sold for high multiples.

 

Wilson will provide specific advice and expertise on facilities management with an emphasis on new developments and innovation, business transformation, and M&A in the FM sector. Meanwhile Rafferty will support cleaning-based clients through their own sale, purchase or growth strategies.

 

Managing Director Nick Atherton Said:

“We’re delighted to welcome two such knowledgeable professionals to Morphose,Their extensive, and complementary, skills and experience will provide our clients with the in-depth expertise they need when buying, selling and turning businesses around.”

Incentive FM acquires ACE

Incentive FM Group has acquired Derby-based HVAC design, installation and maintenance specialist, ACE Environmental Engineering from its founders.

 

The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose brokered the deal, which completed at the end of last week. ACE Environmental Engineering adds around £6.5m of turnover to Incentive Tec, the groups M&E business, led by Chris Windass.

 

The strategic acquisition will see ACE complementing and working closely with Comserve Ltd, the mechanical and electrical (M&E) maintenance and installation services company that became part of Incentive FM Group last year, a deal also brokered by Morphose.

 

Martin Reed, managing director at Incentive FM Group, commented:

“This strategic move takes our M&E provision to well over £10 million pa which brings it into line with our other established single service lines – security, cleaning, catering and consultancy with total facilities management still being our largest service area at £45m pa. The ACE team is a perfect fit with our organisation, particularly within the retail markets.  Their experience within the public sector will help us to expand into this area and their project management skills will prove invaluable moving forward.”

Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with Chairman Jeremy Waud and CEO Martin Reed as the business expands. We wish them every success in developing their business.”

Negotiated position for solar/wind in major infrastructure

Our client is a designer of large-scale energy projects and an installer of solar, photovoltaic and wind assets to produce hot water and electricity.

They had reached a point in the UK where the market had been flooded with groups selling what they felt was inferior product; however, these groups were winning work based on their lower costs. At the same time changes in the UK Feed-In Tariff (FIT) were limiting the opportunity to grow.

We worked with the client to identify large-scale overseas projects where we could work with other groups to provide our client with a unique position in turnkey projects, whereby they would become part of the lead team from an early stage.

In addition, we identified an overseas power company who wanted to gain a foothold in a new geographic area with a complementary business that reflected their values and could offer them a route to market for their product.

By combining these two groups informally through a venturing agreement, we were able to identify a number of projects and secure our client a negotiated position for a major PV farm, which would also incorporate combined heat and power (CHP) through the overseas power company.

Our ability to understand the key factors in delivering a successful infrastructure project (enabled by our property and FM backgrounds), together with our experience in brokering deals, allowed us to form an agreement between the parties to create value.

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