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The President of the association provides overall and highly visible leadership for the Association.

The President and his/her Vice-Presidents are at the forefront of publicising the work at the Association both nationally and internationally.

Our President for 2018/2020 is Karen Grave

Karen has worked in HR and OD in public and private sectors in a career spanning more years than she cares to remember.  She is passionate about public services, believing that well run public services are critical to how well our society runs.  For her, workforce is at the heart of everything public servants do.  Whilst technology, policy and processes have a huge role to play, none of this matters without engaged, committed, passionate and productive workforces.  She is committed during her term to continuing with ongoing PPMA work to raise and develop our collective professional voice so that every decision taken about the what, why and how of public services harness the inherent passion, creativity, innovation and commitment of the broader public service workforce.

Karen’s term ends in April 2020.

You can email our President at: [email protected]

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The President’s Key Responsibilities


The President’s key responsibilities are:

(i) To act as the Association’s principal ambassador at a range of functions and meetings.

(ii) To ensure the Association’s professional views are represented in response to requests from other organisations/bodies and enquiries from media organisations.

(iii) With the Strategic Management Board, ensure that the PPMA remains financially viable and organises itself to create the most appropriate plans on behalf of Association Members, acting in line with our PPMA values at all times.

(iv) With the Vice President Talent and Membership, Vice President Strategic Themes and Vice President Regions ensure that the PPMA’s membership offering is broadened and developed to enhance the reputation and standing of the PPMA with current and potential members.

(v) Ensure that the Associations key strategic and commercial relationships are maintained effectively.