Hello PPMA members and friends

This is the second in our series of articles from PPMA Past Presidents, written in celebration of our 40th Anniversary year. Alf Lawrence, the third President, recalls with fondness, his time at the SOCPO helm during the late seventies .

‘I was very proud to be the third President of SOCPO in 1977, having been heavily involved in the concept of a society to promote and enhance the HR/Personnel function at that time.

Having been in HR all my working life I enjoyed some great times and made lifelong friends along the way.

Whilst in charge of large HR departments in Greater Manchester and latterly West Midlands Councils I was honoured to be President during these turbulent times and of course this was post reorganisation.

I was heavily involved with the unions and at both Manchester and Birmingham was involved in some tough negotiations around the two regional airports which have certainly gone on to be huge success stories.

Finally, I’m proud to say it was my initiative that introduced the trade show to the then-SOCPO conference in the first place.

Alf Lawrence is former President of SOCPO (1977- 79)