Head of HR & OD (Hertfordshire County Council)
Tel: 01992 556653
As a PPMA member for some years, I have gradually become actively involved. First as Deputy Chair for the Eastern Region, then as the PPMA Lead for Pay and Reward before becoming Vice President in 2013.
After 26 years in HR in the public sector in three local authorities, I still have more to learn and find that most days there is something that makes me stop and think. The PPMA had proved invaluable to me personally and am confident that I can contribute to its’ growing success for the coming year in influencing key debates but also to support new and existing members.
Most of my career has been about driving changes and improvement in one way or another and on many on different scales. It’s what has been most challenging and exciting about working in the public sector. The PPMA has an important and critical role in these changing times – that is to keep the people/workforce priorities focus as a key part of the transformation of public service. It is people that can make the biggest difference to our customers who are often the most vulnerable in our communities.
The theme for the 2014 annual seminar of PRIDE, COMMUNITY, FUTURE will help us to focus on the wider issues of public service reform. HR and OD professionals are uniquely placed to make can make sure that our workforces are proud to work in the sector, that people and communities are central to more integrated service delivery and that our organisations and delivery partners are fit for the future.
I am passionate about driving the HR profession in the public sector forward so that it contributes strategically to leadership across the business as well as delivering excellent operational and tactical people interventions. The last few years of transformation and budget cuts have helped HR and OD proved that it can be a credible game changer and we need to build on this for the next phase, which we all know will be much more challenging.
I am very much looking forward to meeting the challenging presented by the national PPMA President role and welcome the opportunity to work within the principle officer team, board members and, of course, all the PPMA members over the coming year. I hope to meet as many of you as possible as I attend meetings and events, and would also encourage you to get involved in some way.
The PPMA needs to keep evolving to remain relevant for its members and to be able to influence other national organisations on key issues. With this in mind the PPMA will build on TOTAL TALENT that was Richard Crouch’s presidential theme for 2013/14 whilst focusing on PRIDE, COMMUNITY, FUTURE during 2014/15. A refreshed business plan will be launched in July 2014 supported by a calendar of meetings, events, activities and information accessible via the PPMA website.
A few minutes with....Louise Tibbert
Q: What makes you have a good day at work?
Knowing that I have made a difference somehow to local people through what I have delivered personally or through my great HR team.
Q: Couldn't live without
Family and my black Labrador Herbie – and my very talented HR team at Hertfordshire County Council. They just keep delivering great people and OD interventions that are helping to reshape service delivery for local people. Oh, and chocolate!
Q: Room 101
People and media who are negative about the public sector, without really understanding what we deliver , the challenges we face, or all the really excellent services we provide for individual people and their families. If you criticise us then at least do some research or come and try it yourself!
Q: What being a Member of the PPMA means to you.
I have been a member for more years than I can remember, encouraged by two past HR Directors who were themselves Presidents in the PPMA. As a professional Association the PPMA has really given me access to like-minded people across the country and helped me shape my own thinking about HR’s role in public service. I never cease to be amazed at the exceptional HR talent that is beavering away at making a real difference.
Q: What words would you use to describe a world class HR function?
Business and workforce focused in equal measure, incredibly agile to respond to key challenges and forward thinking so that that the future is not a surprise! Increasingly in the public sector I would also add ‘commercially minded’.