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Orla Philips of Mace Macro was adjudged the Facilities Manager of the Year and the 11th annual FM Awards in Dubai.
Philips edged out the competition for her all-round involvement with client sites – from successfully running CSR activities to earning energy savings.
“There were a lot of good candidates in this year’s shortlist, so I wasn’t expecting to win. FM has predominantly been a male dominated business, but you can see more women coming through in recent times, as opportunities increase for us in the industry,” Philips said.
Through CSR initiatives that she has initiated, Philips has managed to raise the profile of facilities management in the community.
For instance, Philips was responsible for repairing and cleaning animal enclosures at an animal shelter; carrying out painting works at Al Rashid Hospital; and conducting fire and life safety maintenance analysis at Al Noor Centre in Sharjah.
Philips also delivered major savings for a few of Macro’s clients by working on complex retrofitting projects, to applying simple yet highly effective FM best practices.
She also acknowledged her company and management for giving her the opportunity to work on several high-profile client’s projects.
“Mace Macro is a well-known consultancy company, which means we come in and makes savings, advice and where clients can improve. We have also been expanding, we are now present in Pakistan as well, which is a very challenging project,” said an elated Philips after receiving the award.