Hello PPMA members and friends
The penultimate article in our ‘Past Presidents’ series is from Anne Gibson who remembers a testing period for the sector.
“Towards the end of 2010, as I was looking ahead and planning my year as President, it was becoming increasingly clear that 2011 would be one of the most challenging that the public sector had faced in recent years.
So challenging that we took the very difficult decision that we should not hold PPMA’s annual conference in 2011, responding to the broad view that it would not have been appropriate to hold the conference at the height of the unprecedented level of staff reductions across the public sector.
We all missed the development opportunities and the value that the conference brings, but in one of our most testing years as an association it was one of many things we had to do differently.
My year as President reinforced for me all the great things that go on in the public sector. One of the best bits of representing PPMA as President was the opportunity and platform to speak up for the innovation and added value that there is across the public sector, and to challenge the more negative views being expressed in the media that was so frustrating to us all.
A key contribution to that was the joint CIPD/PPMA joint research report Leadership, employee engagement and public service transformation which explored how Chief Executives and HRDs in a range of local service organisations were leading efforts to transform service delivery.
Public service transformation is a journey we are all still on – PPMA’s strength is in its collective knowledge and ability to support our organisations through the challenges still to come.”
Anne Gibson is former President of PPMA (2011-12)