Hello members and friends
It was the night of the LGC awards dinner on Wednesday and I was very pleased to have an invitation to attend. Not only does it provide a great opportunity to network with people and talk about what the PPMA is doing and plans to do, but it is a reminder of all the fantastic work that is going on in Councils, the innovation that is being shown and the successful partnerships being created, despite, or perhaps because of the pressure on our funding.
Councils of all sizes and from all parts of the country were recognised and I thought that the high percentage of smaller Borough and District Councils who were on the shortlists was testament to the innovation taking place at all levels of local government. Congratulations to Cornwall Council who won the workforce award and to Southend Borough Council and the PPMA’s own Joanna Ruffle, who were Council of the Year. For those who got close, there are always the PPMA awards!
What the event did demonstrate for me was the importance of celebrating success. There was huge enthusiasm from those who had won, a real sense of pride and achievement. It is too easy to see the glass half full in local government. There is much that is being achieved and can being achieved in the future. I am keen to explore these themes further at the PPMA’s Annual Seminar in April.
There was one other important HR lesson from last night. I was rather taken aback to find my dinner jacket was not accompanied by the trousers when I went to change for the awards. I remembered that the said trousers were still in the dry cleaners where I had taken them the week before. Fearful of letting the PPMA down by my fashion faux pas, I was saved by a late-night tailor in Fenchurch Street. However I was reminded of the debate about HR’s place ability to influence; if HR does not pay attention to the detail, they may not get invited to the ball!