The finals of the PPMA Excellence in People Management 2019 were held at the prestigious Gala Dinner at the PPMA Conference in Birmingham on the 15th May 2019. The theme was Rock the Kasbah and was attended by over 250 people, who were there to see the winners take the stage to receive their awards. Hosted by Shonette Bason-Wood from Spread the Happiness Educators, Shonette is different in style and content, from her look to her ability to lift an audience to a whole new level of thinking.

Watch our awards 2019 highlights video to get a flavour of the evening…

Below is the full list of winners, highly commended and the full shortlist of entrants…thank you all for taking the time to enter.


PPMA’s Public Sector Apprentice of the Year 2019– Sponsored by Penna

  • JOINT WINNER’S: Daniel John, South Gloucestershire Council & Kirsten Moore, Central Bedfordshire Council

PPMA’s HR Rising Star and One to Watch 2019  – Sponsored by Solace

  • WINNER HR Rising Star: Hayley Camporese, oneSource

  • WINNER One to Watch: Steven Berry, Manchester City Council  

Best Social Media Recruitment Campaign of the Year – Sponsored by Tile Hill

  • WINNER: Southwark Council and JGP    
  • North Yorkshire County Council

Best Creative Concept Recruitment Campaign – Sponsored by Hampton’s Resourcing

  • WINNER: Manchester University NHS Trust via TMP Worldwide   
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Government Project Delivery Profession and TMP Worldwide
  • MI5 – Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IDOP) via Penna
  • Penna & Wirral Council

Best Inclusion and Diversity Programme – Sponsored by Osborne Thomas

  • WINNER: Bristol City Council – Lead for Employer Consortium
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: British Transport Police
  • Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland
  • MI5 – Diversity Initiative via Penna

Best Wellbeing, Engagement or Flexible Working Initiative – Sponsored by Neyber

  • WINNER: Basildon Borough Council
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Manchester City Council HR Team, Employee health & wellbeing steering group & OWOW Group
  • Thurrock Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council

Most Effective Mental Health Initiative – Sponsored by Medigold Health

  • WINNER: British Transport Police
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Financial Ombudsman Service
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bradford Metropolitan District Council and AdviserPlus
  • Leeds City Council

Best HR/OD Change Management or Transformation Programme – Sponsored by LGA

  • WINNER: Bristol City Council
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Essex County Council
  • London Borough of Hounslow

Best Leadership or Management Development Initiative – Sponsored by Clear Review

  • WINNER: Bradford Metropolitan District Council and AdviserPlus
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Bristol City Council
  • Swindon Borough Council

Best Cross Sector Working / Effective Partnership Initiative – Sponsored by Crown Commercial Services

  • WINNER: London Councils
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and JGP
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Swindon Borough Council

Best HR/OD Evidence – Based Improvement Project – Sponsored by Iken

  • WINNER: North Yorkshire County Council
  • Norfolk County Council

Public Service HR/OD Team of the Year 2019 – Sponsored by Matrix -SCM

  • WINNER: Somerset County Council
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Sector HRD of the Year 2019 – Sponsored by Public Sector Show

  • WINNER: Sarah Murphy-Brookman, Buckinghamshire County Council

President’s Award for Special Contribution – Sponsored by The MJ

  • WINNER: Lorraine Hallam, Leeds City Council


Congratulations to all of our winners and shortlisted entrants! We are immensely proud of all of the fantastic contribution made by HR and OD professionals across all of the public services. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!




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