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10 QUESTIONS


10 QUESTIONS WITH... RICHARD WALSH


Each month we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s FM 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Richard Walsh, Environmental Assessor for NQA.


environmental improvements across the group.


Q1


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? All I wanted to do was get out


of school and earn some money so I left at 16 and served my time as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice, starting out on a lathe and finally specialising in quality assurance.


Q2


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE FM INDUSTRY?


I was working in Quality Management training and in 1994, when the first environmental management system BS7750 was published, I realised that this was a much more interesting area. So I persuaded my employer to send me on an environmental auditing course and I worked in environmental training and consultancy from 1994 to 2007, which is when I really started working with FM professionals. Since joining NQA as an assessor I have been working with FMs in a wide variety of companies and industries, helping them to improve their environmental management.


Q3


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU


MOST ADMIRE?


Sir Stuart Rose, who as Executive Chairman of Marks and Spencer launched Plan A (because there is no Plan B) in 2007. This was, and still is, a radical programme of


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Q4 Q5 Q6


IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT CAR WOULD YOU BUY?


A Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid – a luxury car with economical small car fuel efficiency.


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE FM INDUSTRY?


I’d encourage a greater understanding of the role it has to play in influencing sustainable development.


WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE


GROWING UP?


My Grandfather was a steam train driver and, at the risk of sounding clichéd, I guess I wanted to follow his lead. Sadly, steam engines were withdrawn from service when I was seven.


FOURTH COOKING AND A FIFTH PROVIDING THE MUSIC, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?


The chef and musician are the easy ones – Gordon Ramsey for the food and piano accompaniment from Jools Holland. Guests would have to be important world leaders who have the ability to make a real difference. It would have to be Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel (so I can practice my German).


Q9


WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF THE FM INDUSTRY?


As sustainable development becomes more important both within industry and society in general, I believe the FM industry is ideally placed to take the lead in working in partnership with its clients, suppliers and in-house teams to improve environmental performance across the entire value chain.


Simon Pratt from Portico asks... Q10 Q7


WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?


Halifax Town football club are one of my main passions (can actually be more stressful than relaxing!) coupled with playing both piano and organ. I am a Church organist and play keyboards in a group.


Q8


IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH ANY THREE


GUESTS, DEAD OR ALIVE, WITH A twitter.com/TomorrowsFM


IF YOU WERE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING IN THE


WORLD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT WOULD IT BE?


I guess it would have to have an environmental theme as well, with a humanitarian slant to it. I would ensure that every single person in the world had access to clean drinking water.


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Check out next month’s issue to find out what Richard asked our next industry professional.


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