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First ever IFMA Fellowship awarded in Oceania region

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has awarded its highest honour, IFMA Fellow, to Stephen Ballesty, an Australian industry stalwart and advocate for the built environment. The award was presented at IFMA’s World Workplace in Charlotte, North Carolina, with 4,295 people in attendance.

Since 1992, IFMA has recognised 111 IFMA Fellows. Of these, 24 have since deceased or retired, leaving 87 active IFMA Fellows worldwide. 

Stephen is the first person in the Oceania region to receive an IFMA Fellowship.

Stephen is currently an Australian delegate for the ISO international FM standards initiative (ISO 41000 since 2012) and ISO/TC-267's global liaison to ISO/TC-251 (ISO 55000 asset management). Separately, he is the Oceania representative to the RICS Global Cost Prediction Working Group and the longstanding Chairman of the Property Council’s Office Building Quality Steering Committee. 

He is a former member of the IFMA Global Board of Directors, a former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Government’s FM Action Agenda, and a a former Chairman of both the IFMA Foundation and FMA Australia.

Stephen’s Sydney-based consulting firm In-Touch Advisory connects stakeholders with solutions to improve the performance and quality of the built environment across the property-construction-facilities lifecycle. 

For more information, please contact 0411 378 787.