Universities must find ways to become more financially sustainable through asset management whilst delivering excellent facilities. The importance of adopting best-practice techniques has never been more vital.
To become proactive and avoid asset backlogs, asset and facilities management teams must consistently review and improve strategic asset management planning in order to optimise asset service delivery.
Attend to learn:
- Develop an effective Asset Management Plan
- Integrate complex systems & technologies
- Measure & analyse the performance of assets
- Optimise the service delivery of underutilised assets
Steve Somogyi was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Resources at RMIT University in 2006. Steve contributes to operational efficiency and effectiveness and helps ensure the people, financial and infrastructure needs of RMIT and its controlled entities are met. He leads corporate services and ensures it has sufficient capability and an effective service orientation.
Steve has extensive experience in the financial services and health care industries, including 27 years with National Mutual and as Executive Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority for 3 years to June 2006.
He holds a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne in Physics and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology in Management. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia, of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Steve is a Commissioner of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, a Director of ANZ Wealth companies, Guild Group companies, Spatial Vision Innovations, Higher Education Services, and UniSuper. Steve is a Trustee of RMIT Foundation.
Gary Higgins is a Building Services Engineer currently engaged as General Manager of Assets and Maintenance at Murdoch University WA. A member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers it has been his focus for the last decade to implement sustainability and efficiency initiatives in the delivery of maintenance and asset management at a number of hospitality, commercial and latterly educational establishments in Western Australia. Gary is a graduate of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology where he earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.
TAFE NSW – HUNTER INSTITUTE
Michelle Van de Mortel has worked at TAFE NSW over the past 28 years in a variety of roles across teaching and learning, management (including project management) and as a member of the Hunter TAFE Executive Leadership Team.
Michelle has leadership responsibility for the Customer Service Portfolio, incorporating Strategic Asset Management. Michelle has been responsible for leading significant projects (including state-wide) that achieve demonstrable outcomes and facilitate the strengths and creativity of teams, including designing and implementing customer focused models which transform the customer experience.
Michelle hold post grad qualification in Vocational Education and Training, Project Management, Action Learning and she recently completed the Company Director’s course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
GJK Facility Services
GJK is a privately owned Australian company providing customised solutions in the cleaning and related soft services industry since 1985. The company is internationally recognised for their adaptation of new technology and delivery systems. GJK provides services to clients throughout Australia covering a diverse range of industries across both the public and private sectors and manages a workforce of over 2,000 nationally.
With the aim to being the leading provider of commercial and industrial cleaning services renowned for their commitment in delivering socially, environmentally and economically conscious solutions, GJK strives to ensure the working environment of their customers is not only visibly clean, but healthy, safe and sustainably sound.
Since 2008 GJK has doubled in terms of revenue, earnings and number of employees. One of the reasons for this success is employees who are trained and empowered to the highest standards and an organisation dedicated to innovation and corporate social responsibility firmly establishing GJK as a market leader in our industry.