About Us

The Public Sector People Managers' Association, PPMA, is the voice and association for Human Resources and Organisational Development professionals working within the public sector. This section provides greater information about our Vision, Values, Objectives and how we go about delivering them.

Our Vision

The PPMA will continuously strive to enhance, promote and raise the standards of people management and development within public services. The PPMA will provide a single voice to represent the views and interests of the Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development (OD) professions and will ensure that through membership of the Association that clear understanding about the requirement and benefits of an aligned and integrated approach to community, corporate and people strategies is embedded.

Our Values

The PPMA prides itself on operating in accord with the following core values:

Passion - PPMA will be passionate about improving people management and development across public services, as well as raising the skills, profile and influence of the HR and OD professions to sustain such improvements.

Purpose - PPMA will demonstrate a clearly articulated purpose in all that it says and does, underpinned by evidence, integrity and authenticity.

Performance - PPMA will ensure that through its members, policies, products and services that the performance of public services is sustained, enhanced or improved.

The PPMA exists to:

a) Champion, enhance, improve and sustain high performing public services by enabling the delivery of effective and efficient people management and development, underpinned by knowledgeable, skilled and talented HR/OD practitioners working at all levels of public service.

b) Defining, promoting and delivering the highest professional standards and conduct amongst those engaged in people management and development within public services by working in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and other relevant professional institutions.

c) Leading, influencing, informing and challenging national and European policy and legislation in respect of employment and workforce matters on behalf of the HR and OD professions. Working in collaboration with relevant organisations such as the CIPD and the Local Government Association, the PPMA also works positively andproactively with other leading public sector bodies. Additionally, theAssociation works with a range of other key organisations including theTrades Union Congress and individual trades unions, Central GovernmentDepartments and a broad range of other professional bodies and societies.

d) Raise the profile, importance and understanding of the need for the highest possible standards in people management and development within public services at local, regional, national and international levels by developing and delivering relevant and timely research, policy statements, conferences, seminars, products and services.

e) Enhance the profile of people management and development within public services by proactively engaging with the media and by maximising the use of effective communication channels, both within the Association and externally.

f) Ensure that informed debate and discussion takes place in respect of the people management implications arising from public sector spending and efficiency reviews as well as proposed public sector reforms and reorganisation.

g) Promote and support the embedding of equality and diversity in the design of public sector policies, the delivery of public services and the employment, learning and training opportunities offered by the public sector workforce.

h) Create, increase and encourage opportunities for involving members of the

Association through Regional and National networks, working groups and project teams formed or contributed to by the Association.

Delivering our objectives

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association recognises the existence of the wide ranging expertise, skills, experience and talent in respect of people management and development that exists at all levels of the constituent professions and, in the best interests of the Association and our membership, will seek to harness and deploy such expertise in the following ways:

  • Inclusion of individual members onto relevant forums, working groups and project teams;
  • Developing and commissioning relevant policy and research papers and projects;
  • Encouraging members to attend professional seminars, conferences and other opportunities to share best practice and learn from fellow members;
  • Arranging specific learning and development activities with and for members.

Deciding to join the PPMA can yield real benefits for both you and your organisation.

  • Green Park
  • Veredus
  • Metro & Evening Standard
  • Matrix SCM
  • Community Care Jobs
  • TMP
  • Trinity Mirror
  • The MJ
  • Eduserv
  • JGP
  • Neyber
  • Penna
  • EY
  • Osborne Thomas
  • Acivico
  • Solace in Business
  • iKen
  • Guidant Group
  • Guardian