Hello PPMA bloggers – this is my first post as the newly instated PPMA President.
I very much hope that those colleagues who were able to attend this year’s conference enjoyed it as much as I did – we will be asking for your views through a survey questionnaire to be issued in the next few working days.
The keynote speakers did a fantastic job delivering highly motivational speeches, as well as providing content that was professionally developing and thought-provoking. All speaker, master class and workshop presentation slides will be posted on the PPMA website in the near future.
We had a wide range of keynote speakers styles and were – quite literally – kick started by the evangelical Dr Dennis Kimbro from Atlanta Clark University, USA, who provided deep insight into leadership traits required to take us through this period of public sector retrenchment. The oratory power of Dr Kimbro was, I expect, a new experience for what was predominately a UK audience and launched the conference with a high energy, high impact, keynote presentation.
Our next keynote speaker was Professor Katie Truss who provided brand new research from Kingston University Business School into employee engagement. Her academic work was published in the US last week through Harvard Business review – quite some achievement for a UK academic.
Our second day opened with the tremendously energetic Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe from Bradford University. Beverly’s address was highly accessible, whilst packed with academic rigour. Beverly discussed the leadership correlation between competence and engagement – she convincingly argued that to be an effective leader you need both in copious supply and this will be essential for public sector services over the next decade.
The conference concluded with the sensational Richard Gerver – former educational advisor to Tony Blair’s government and a recipient of the head teacher of the year award.
Richard delivered a vision of hope for the future, where he challenged us to be more risk-confident if we are to take the necessary steps to innovate and create sustainable change in public sector services and to derive the best possible skill-level from our workforces.
I concluded with a ‘call to arms’ for conference delegates to go back to their workplaces and identify skills shortages, then take up the challenge to address this need, that in turn will impact upon service delivery for the benefit of our local communities – as well as the country as a whole – as we strive to come out of recession and compete within the hyper-competitive global economy. I estimate that if every delegate accepted my challenge this could be to the collective benefit of 1/4 million public sector workers.
Dean Shoesmith – PPMA President