With the pandemic demonstrating the importance of cleaning in keeping the nation running safely, Mitie has appointed Lorraine Davis as Director of Cleaning Services.
Davis has over 40 years’ experience in the cleaning industry, working in a number of operational and business development roles in complex environments, such as healthcare and education. In 2019, Lorraine was appointed Chairman of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), a post she will continue to hold until September 2022. She has also previously collaborated with the World Health Organisation, as part of the Clean Hospital Group, and the NHS to help develop the 2021 National Cleaning Standards for hospitals. In addition, Davis has worked with Public Health England to support with the development of the Covid-19 guidance for Facilities Management.
Bringing a wealth of experience from encouraging the adoption of new cleaning technology through to helping design guidance for healthcare cleaning to support infection control, Davis’ new role will see her develop Mitie’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ training academy as well as drive Mitie’s innovation-led approach to cleaning, for example with the rollout of technology such as robotic cleaners that use ultraviolet light to disinfect surfaces and sensors that monitor footfall to identify spaces that are used frequently and where cleaning should be prioritised.
She will also work to ensure that Mitie continues to introduce services that not only help keep sites safe, but also support customers’ sustainability goals, such as chemical-free cleaning solutions, as part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment.
Speaking about her new appointment, Davis said: “I am delighted to be joining Mitie. I am committed to ensuring the highest cleaning standards are achieved through delivering best practice and ensuring our management and frontline colleagues receive the very best accredited cleaning training. This training, coupled with our scientific approach as well as the latest technology and innovation, means Mitie customers can have total confidence that they are receiving the ultimate in safe, quality, and sustainable cleaning standards available in the marketplace today.”
Jason Towse, Managing Director, Business Services, Mitie, commented: “The Coronavirus pandemic has made clear just how important a clean environment is to create safe and healthy workspaces. Having helped introduce many of the nationally-recognised cleaning guidelines that we now take for granted, Lorraine brings a wealth of experience that will keep Mitie at the forefront of innovation, ensuring we have access to the latest science behind our cleaning services. With offices, retail shops and restaurants reopening, this will help our clients reassure their customers that they’re doing everything they can to keep them safe.”