With our President currently enjoying the final rays of the summer with a well earned break, it falls to me as your Past President to give a little post on what’s going on.
First, Gillian’s written a great piece on Shared Services in her latest column for People Management. Some real food for thought about career structures for HR to consider from this.
Second, public sector pay, employment and pensions remain topical in all forms of media and the battlelines for the Public Sector cuts to come appear to be forming across all the major political parties in advance of the General Election. The PPMA Policy Board will be exploring these issues further at its next meeting where our new Deputy Lead Officer (Pay and Reward), Ian Hunter from South Tyneside Homes will be joining us for the first time. Ian will be supporting our Lead, Jim Savege, to take forward the increasingly challenging role for PPMA to play in this arena – in the grey area between employer and employee (familiar territory for HR folks!).
Third, the Public Sector is putting up a good show for the Personnel Today Awards this year, with South Norfolk Council, Lancashire County Council, Kent County Council, Lincolnshire Police, the Metropolitan Police Service, West Midlands Police, Croydon Council and London Fire Brigade all shortlisted in various awards categories – well done to all concerned! I’d also particularly like to highlight the fact that the multi-award winning Birmingham City Council is again shortlisted for its work on Employee Engagement – Raffaela Goodby and Co should be bursting with well deserved pride by now!
Moving from positive news to really sad matters. PPMA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our great friend and colleague from the Society of Scottish Personnel Directors. Hogan Burke was a true friend to PPMA and SOCPO, an exceptional HR Professional in his own right and will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family and friends, more detail can be found on the PPMA Website.
And finally, on a more positive note, I’d like to take the chance (while she is away) to pay tribute to Gillian Hibberd. Gill has made the PPMA Presidency her own, has enhanced our profile even further and is providing dynamic and energetic leadership for our Association, whilst balancing a big day job at the same time. I’m really delighted to be supporting Gillian during her year and think that we, as Association, have every right to praise her for the work she has done and has yet to do, well done Gill, you’re doing a great job!
Anyway, time to exit the train (I’m in London tonight for the Personnel Today Pre-Awards Reception, yes yours truly/Cambridgeshire CC has also been shortlisted for the HR Director of the Year category, whether I win or not, I’m really humbled to have been considered and shortlisted).
My best wishes