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Women in FM: 5 mins with… Lindsay Pateman

What is your role at Churchill and what does it involve day to day?

I am the HR business partner for the London region. I support the region to drive our People Agenda, to ensure we are inclusive and that people are at the heart of what we do. I also work with the leadership team to develop and grow our people and to set them up on a successful career path and support operational teams with their strategic and operational needs.

How did you find your way into FM? (Tell us a bit about your background)

After I left school I spent five years as an ‘office junior’ in a small, family-run contract cleaning company. When I decided I needed a change, I stayed in FM but moved into hard services, which was building maintenance within a research facility. I continued to develop my career in HR there over the next 11 years. Then I spread my wings and moved into the pharmacy industry. I stayed for six years but I felt like a fish out of water and knew I needed to get back into FM.

What is your favourite thing about your job/the industry?

I love seeing people grow and fulfil their potential in a really fast-paced, challenging environment and there are so many opportunities for personal growth. FM is such a diverse industry it allows us to meet many different types of clients.

As a woman in FM, what are your biggest frustrations?

I can honestly say that gender has not been an issue for me. I think Churchill celebrates diversity and I see many female senior leaders in our business. This encourages me to be a good role model for other women who would like to join the industry.

What are your key predictions for/the biggest issues facing the FM market over the next year?

Recruitment has been a huge challenge for us in this industry after the pandemic and Brexit.  FM will continue to play a huge part in all industries in the future, so our recruitment drive is now more important than ever.

Are you interested in reading more from the Women in FM series?

  1. Bianca Angelico
  2. Rebecca Bridgement
  3. Naomi Childe
  4. Louisa Clarke
  5. Hilary Collins
  6. Simone Dewell
  7. Daniela Eigner
  8. Mabel Fourie
  9. Charlene Gachette
  10. Kat Hart
  11. Karen Magor
  12. Sarah McLoed
  13. Lizzie Neave
  14. Ana Nikolova
  15. Charlotte Parr
  16. Jodie Phillips-Turner
  17. Louise Rogers
  18. Cheryl-Anne Sanderson
  19. Isabella Williams
  20. Nadia Williams