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10 QUESTIONS WITH... 10 QUESTIONS WITH...


In each issue we ask an FM professional the Tomorrow’s FM 10 questions. This month we spoke to Colin Tarsey, Co-founder and Director at Active FM.


Q1 Q2


Q3


Q4 Q5


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? On leaving school I began fitting vinyl and sun


roofs to the motor trade, before later getting into the facilities management sector.


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT


INDUSTRY?


It was almost an ‘add-on’ to an existing role that I had, and it developed from there! Like many people within the facilities management sector, I didn’t necessarily set out to work in FM. But I found that once I got into it, the industry fit me like a glove, and I quickly found my feet. Now, I’m almost at the 20-year mark of my own workplace and FM company, Active.


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?


Richard Branson – at the age of 16 his first business venture was launching a magazine called Student, now, some 400 companies in the Virgin Group later, I feel says it all… He’s a fantastic example of determination, motivation and successful business acumen that I think we can all learn a lot from.


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


A Bentley Continental GT, to give to my Father as it’s his dream car.


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT


INDUSTRY?


Cost seems to overtake quality. The industry needs to find the balance, to achieve affordable expectations. Everyone is on a budget to an extent, and every company is feeling the crunch at present, but that doesn’t mean that quality should be sacrificed.


Q6


WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?


I can’t actually remember what job I wanted to do when I was younger… all I know is that it was probably to do with fast cars and bikes… that passion remains now, but it’s more of a hobby!


Q7


IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD


IT BE AND WHY? I’d be a super-healer, and I’d eradicate cancer for everyone.


56 | TOMORROW’S FM Q8


IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH ANY THREE GUESTS,


DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE


AND WHY? Valentino Rossi, the MotoGP World Champion several times over, as a keen motorcyclist I’d love to hear his stories. Steve McQueen – what a legend and what a petrol head! Can you see a theme emerging here…? And my Grandad, Archie… I wish I’d asked him more questions.


Q9


WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF THE FACILITIES


MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY?


Looking at recent FM failures, it seems obvious to me that you simply can’t do more with less, however much people may try. Corporations need to take more responsibility, and FMs need to push back. I see opportunities for the smaller FMs going back to offering a boutique service where flexibility, agility and accountability are considerably more achievable and transparent.


Q10


JAN-HEIN HEMKE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FACILICOM, ASKS:


"IF YOU COULD OPEN A BRANCH OF YOUR COMPANY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,


WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?” The French Pyrenees, without doubt. I’m a keen biker and foodie, the roads are amazing, the food is fantastic and the people are hard-working and always so friendly.


www.activefm.co.uk twitter.com/TomorrowsFM


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