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10 Questions with... Nigel Sikora


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What was your first job? I was the Sales Manager

for a company in Reading that sold HVAC equipment.

How did you get into the Facilities Management

industry? In theory my first job may count, but realistically it was some 20 years ago working with Systems by Design in Henley-in-Arden, working on design and build projects.

Who, in any other industry, do you most

admire? It would have to be the late Steve Jobs. Not only for the inspirational way he managed to build up Apple as a business, but how he continued to innovate and challenge our thinking in every aspect of our professional and private lives. Few people have done more to shape the world in the 21st century than he did.

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If money was no object, what car would you buy?

An Aston Martin Vantage. Always manages to strike the right balance between coolness, jaw dropping good looks and understated.

How would you improve the Facilities

Management industry? I think it would be to improve communications between facilities managers and the companies they work with. Obviously this is a two- way street, as communications always are, so it is down to both parties to understand each other’s objectives, resources, capabilities and constraints. This is the basis of making better decisions, building long term relationships, planning better, anticipating change and generally delivering better results.


What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a goalkeeper, playing for Poland, my father’s homeland. When I was growing up my hero was the Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski. I managed to achieve my dream in some measure and I was on the books at Nottingham Forest, Bradford and Huddersfield before I gave up the game when I was about 19.


What do you do to unwind?

Family life is my greatest pleasure. I play a little bit of golf when I have time but my real joy is spending time with the kids, playing a bit of football or cricket. I also coach my son’s under-11 football team.


If you could host a dinner party with any three

guests, dead or alive, with one Q9

Each month, we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s FM 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Nigel Sikora of Icon Screens.

person cooking and the other person providing the music,

who would they be and why? I’d have Heston Blumenthal preparing the food, Frank Sinatra providing the musical backdrop and Marilyn Monroe as the guest of honour. Not just for her beauty, but as a fascinating person in her own right.

What do you think is the future of the Facilities

Management industry? The greatest challenge will come from adapting to a changing world. We’ve already seen a trend for using buildings to serve more people in the same space. This goes hand in hand with flexible working practices and the more intelligent and social use of space within the workplace. There is a far greater focus on technology and the greater integration of functions that were traditionally seen as the sole preserve of IT, HR and FM.

Ismena Clout, Key Account Manager at Channel Partners and the newly- elected Chairman of the BIFM, asks...


What do you consider to be the biggest

world event of your lifetime? You cannot look beyond the destruction of the Twin Towers in 2001. As an era defining event, there is nothing that comes close in living memory. It was the day the 21st Century really started.

Check out next month’s issue to see what Nigel asked our next industry professional...

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