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Anne Lennox Martin, a well-known figure in the facilities management sector, has released her autobiography Self-Made Woman to celebrate her transition into retirement. The book will be available topurchase from Amazon and Apple Books from 7th October priced £5.99 (Kindle), £12.99 (paperback) and £17.99 (hardback). Alternatively, they will be available directly from Anne at her launch on 7th October in London. Book your free launch ticket here:  

This is an extraordinary account of a life of dramatic ups and downs, including incarceration by the Scientologists, a spell living rough in a London park and a hugely successful folk music career, culminating in a kind of redemption in the field of facilities management.

Martin Pickard, FM Guru, said: “This is a story of trauma, a story of hard work and hard times. A story of a woman kept in servitude who never gave up on herself or others and who fought every day to become who she is. Above all it’s a story of hope, joy and love, the life story of someone with a huge heart who has never stopped giving back. It’s a celebration of survival, of the facilities management sector and of finding happiness. It’s a joy to read.”

Cathy Hayward, Founder and Chairman of Magenta Associates, said: “Anne has been part of the facilities management story since the early 1980s. In her long career, which started in the late 1960s as a live-in cleaner, Anne has worked both client and supply side, in both private and public sectors and has managed a diverse range of facilities including laboratories, hospitals, universities, offices, leisure sites, manufacturing plant, retail and media facilities. 

“She was one of the original seven students to achieve the Master’s Degree in Facilities and Environmental Management at University College London and the first (and, for a long time, the only) BIFM Fellow to achieve the BIFM Qual, in 2001. In 2007 she was voted one of the most influential women in FM according to FM World and in 2013 she was presented with the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management award for Profound Impact on the FM Industry.” 

Self-Made Woman covers her early years, including her pioneering work with the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and Her Child, now known as Gingerbread, and her move into the then fledgling FM sector. It talks about how she developed her career in FM and how the sector differs from today. 

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