Three finalists have been announced for the Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) category within this year’s PFM Awards.

The candidates for 2018 are Kristian Trend, Sodexo universities student living general manager, Luke Townsend, Engie assistant commercial manager and Rezki Karar, Sodexo defence and government services account manager.

This category is organised by the Young Manager’s Forum (YMF), a collective group of individuals with the unifying aim of creating a platform for professionals to connect with their peers within the workplace industry.

Working in partnership with PFM, the awards process provides an opportunity for nominees to share their personal journey and inspire other fresh-faced FMs to make an impact early in their careers. 

On being asked what becoming a finalist means to each of them, the shortlisted contenders have said:

“Being named as a finalist is such a privilege and an opportunity that is truly humbling. Having met previous finalists and knowing the calibre of young talent within our industry only furthers the honour,” Luke Townsend, Engie.

“I am absolutely delighted to be nominated as a Young Leader of the Year finalist. This is an immensely proud moment and a sign, I hope, of more positive things to come,” Kristian Trend, Sodexo.

“It is truly an honour to be chosen as a finalist among an extremely high calibre of candidates. This recognition will allow me to influence more positive change in the FM industry, it also hopefully means more inspiration for those I now mentor,” Rezki Karar, Sodexo.

Sponsored by Boden Resources, the shortlist event will take place on 4tOctober at King’s offices in London’s West End, with each finalist giving a presentation about their journey into FM and how FM as an industry can create social value.

The winner will then be announced at the PFM Awards on 7 November 2018.

More information about the finalist event can be found here

Those wishing to attend can do so by calling Kelli-Anne Horne or Iain McLean on 01732 359990.