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We had some fantastic sessions at our Annual Seminar in Bristol and in this podcast we hear from some of the speakers who share the highlights from their presentations with us.

These include:

01:12 – 02:22 Ellie Goddard, PPMA HR Rising Star 2013

02:34 – 04:27 Mark Lever, Chief Executive, National Autistic Society

04:41 – 05:50 Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive, Cafcass

06:04 – 06:35 Peter Cook, Managing Director, Academy of Rock

06:48 – 09:43 Nick Hechscher, Sector Director, Manpower

09:58 – 10:36 Julian Highfield, Resort Director, Butlins

10:49 – 11:32 Daniel Hibbert, Principal, Mercer

11:41 – 13:20 Hamish Davidson, HR Commentator

13:37 – 17:39 Richard Hawkes, CX, Scope & Sheila Wheeler, CX, Somerset County Council

17:53 – 20:12 Martin Rayson, Past PPMA President

20:28 – 23:11 Richard Crouch, PPMA President




I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the Programme for the April 2013 Seminar is very near completion. All of the speaker slots are now filled and we are progressing well with our various sponsors and partners in supporting us with it. As you know, our sponsors and partners are hugely important to the Association, not only for their financial contribution, but for their insight, leading edge research and other support.

Helen Bailey, the new Chief Operating Officer from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime will be joining us, together with six Chief Executives from both the public and voluntary sectors. Also speaking are a number of leading HR practitioners and OD specialists from across the UK. In addition, we have a number of speakers from the private sector, both practicing professionals and consultancy.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Seminar from strategy to delivery, the latest HR and OD research, outstanding best practice, peer challenge and of course the usual important networking. I attach an outline copy of the Programme�(subject to minor change) in order that you can see for yourself.

Here’s a little ‘taster’ from Richard Crouch:-

If you haven’t booked your place yet, I would recommend that you do as the residential accommodation is filling up fast.

FOR INFORMATION: The Annual Charity Dinner on Thursday 18th – is a Black Tie/Evening dress event

To book – click here

To download a copy of the programme – click here

With very best wishes

Richard Crouch
PPMAVice President

Photos from 2012 Seminar – Birmingham


Martin Rayson, President, Richard Crouch, Vice Pesident and Anne Gibson, Past President

You can now view a selection of photos from the 2012 annual seminar which can be found on Flickr – click here to view.

Post Seminar Podcast

Over the two day event we recorded interviews with some of the key speakers and you can hear those inverviews in this 35 minute podcast.

PPMA Annual Seminar 2012 by PPMA

Here is the running order of the podcast:

00.00 – 01.15 Introduction

01.17 – 02.16 Martin Rayson, PPMA President

02.17 – 03.34 Mike Cooke, Chief Executive, LB of Camden

03.35 – 07.18 Andreas Ghosh, Hd Persnl & Dev, LB Lewisham, PPMA Workfrce Strategy Lead

01.19 – 08.08 Mike Taylor, Chief Executive, LPFA

08.09 – 08.52 Geoff Houston, LGA Pensions Negotiating Team

08.53 – 10.00 Sarah Messenger, Head of Workforce, LGA

10.01 – 12.07 Dr Martin Reddington, Principal, Edinburgh Napier University

12.08 – 15.03 Lord Bichard

15.04 – 17.04 Lucille Thirlby, Deputy Head of Local Government, UNISON

17.05 – 18.36 Bill Fletcher, Asst Director HR, Birmingham City Council

18.37 – 20.06 Stephen Moir, Dep CX Yorkshire Amblance, VP CIPD, Past PPMA President

20.07 – 21.37 Bridget Taylor, Director Strategy & Engagement, BT Global services

21.38 – 22.16 Martin Tucker, Managing Partner, Gatenby Sanderson

22.17 – 23.43 Joan Munro, Innovation Researcher

22.44 – 24.43 Robert Peasnell, Bus Director, Gov, Healthcare & Education, TMP Worldwide

24.44 – 26.34 Raffaela Goodby, Hd of Rewrd & Recogniton, Birm’ham CC, PPMA SM Champ

26.35 – 28.39 Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI

28.40 – 29.57 Dean Royles, Director NHS Employers, CIPD Chair

29.58 – 32.11 Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, Group HR Director, Amey

32.12 – 33.32 Anne Gibson, PPMA President 2011/12

33.33 – 43.20 Martin Rayson, PPMA President

34.21 – 35.01 Further Information

PPMA Recruitment Awards 2013

The PPMA Recruitment Awards offer a great opportunity for agencies and organisations to have their work recognised on a national stage.

This year the award categories recognise the shift to more modern and creative ways of recruiting and we are looking forward to seeing entries that demonstrate the good work that is going on.

Judging will take place in the new year and the short listed entrants will be notified inadvance of the PPMA Annual Seminar dinner which will be held on Thursday, 18th April where the winners will be announced.

The seminar will be taking place on 18th and 19th April 2013 at the Thistle Hotel in Bristol.

How do I enter?

All entries must be made by downloading the entry form.

There is also a step-by-step guide in this document (below) to make it easier to apply.

Please read the ‘Conditions of Entry’ instructions carefully and also the ‘How to enter’ section below.

All entries must have occurred between 1 January 2012 and 2 January 2013.

The closing date has been extended for receipt of entries to 5pm on Friday 25 January 2013.

Award Categories

1. Best digital advertising

Best example of paid-for digital attraction activity that might include (but is not restricted to): banners, buttons, MPUs, HTML emails and overlays.

2. Most innovative use of social media in recruitment

Best example of how social media activity has directly contributed to staff recruitment. Examples may include blogging, sharing videos and social or professional network development

3. Best recruitment website

Websites either for a specific appointment, campaign or that promote careers with the specific objective of supporting recruitment.

4. Best press advertisement

Any advertisement for the express purpose of recruitment that has appeared in press media.

5. Best volume recruitment campaign

Best example of a campaign to recruit to multiple positions through the same recruitment project.

6. Best campaign for recruiting new talent eg graduates, apprentices etc.

Best example of any communications activity specifically aimed at recruiting people into their first paid job. May include apprenticeships, graduate programmes or school leaver recruitment.

7. Best professional campaign

Best example of a project to recruit any experienced staff (single or multiple) who require a professional qualification. Projects may include (but are not limited to): accountants, social workers, planners, environmental health officers, marketing professionals etc.

8. Best resourcing provider eg those who have provided resources to a specific brief on either a temporary or permanent basis

Best example of any recruitment provider that has supported public sector employers with a specific recruitment brief. Entries may be made from commercial organisations, public sector trading organisations, mutuals or partnerships.

9. Grand Prix

Each of the above category winners will be entered into the Grand Prix and the entry judged as most outstanding will win the overall award.

Conditions of Entry

A fee of £75 + VAT per entry is payable

Entries may be made by employers or their agency partners.

Entries must be for public sector organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Sectors covered include: Local and Central Government, NHS, Emergency Services, Housing Associations, Higher or Further Education, Schools, Charities and Voluntary Organisations.

The judges will be looking for the following:

  • Objectives – Was there clarity how was success going to be measured?
  • Activity – To include what was done, who was involved, creativity and innovation.
  • Evidence – Did the activity produce a good outcome and how was that assessed.

Please complete your entry in no more than 1000 words and we would like to see examples if possible. The intention is to be able to display an impression of the shortlisted entries at the awards ceremony.

The closing date for receipt of entries has been extended to 5pm on Friday, 25 January 2013.

How to Enter

Email your project brief and completed entry form to [email protected]

  • Most categories require a project brief – please attach to your entry as a PDF or Word document.
  • For interactive categories please complete the entry form and enter the link to the site where noted and attach the project brief.
  • Payment can be made online, quoting Recruitment Award or by cheque made payable to PPMA to: Kim McInery, Assistant Treasurer, PPMA, P.O Box 109, Darwen, BB3 2WT


All the winners and shortlist entries will be available for viewing on the PPMA website after the seminar. This will showcase the high-quality recruitment material that the sector creates with its partners, and provide the opportunity to see the calibre of entries received.

PPMA Recruitment Awards – WINNERS


We are delighted to announced the Winners of the PPMA Recruitment Awards

Our thanks also to all our judges and sponsors of these awards.

Photos of the awards can be found on Filckr


1. Best Digital Advertising


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Kent County Council – Children’s Social Work


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Surrey County Council – Chief Executive’s Video

Sponsored by: The Guardian

2. Most Innovative use of Social Media in Recruitment


  • Havas People / HM Prison Service – National Offender Management Service


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Kent County Council – Schools
  • TMP Worldwide UK / University of Sheffield – Vice Chancellor Fellowship and VC Advanced Fellowships

Sponsored by: Jobs Go Public

3. Best Recruitment Website


  • Penna / Central Bedfordshire – Social workers


  • TMP Worldwide UK / GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 – Apprentices with Intelligence’
  • TMP Worldwide UK / Her Majesty’s Treasury – Policy Advisors

Sponsored by: Changeboard

4. Best Press Advertisement


  • Penna / MI5 – Project Managers


  • Penna / MI5 – Intelligence Analysts
  • Penna / MI5 – Mobile Surveillance Officers

Sponsored by: Local World

5. Best Volume Recruitment Campaign


  • Birmingham City Council – Volunteers for the USA Pre Olympic Training Camp


  • Havas People / HM Prison Service – Prison officers
  • TMP Worldwide UK / Sussex Police – Police Community Support Officers

Sponsored by: Community Care

6. Best Campaign for Recruiting New Talent


  • TMP Worldwide UK / GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 – Apprentices with Intelligence


  • National Graduate Programme – Re-launching the Local Government National Graduate Programme
  • TMP Worldwide UK / NHS Leadership Academy – Graduates

Sponsored by: Personnel Today�

7. Best Professional Campaign


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Kent County Council – Teachers


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Royal Air Force – Lawyers
  • TMP Worldwide UK / Surrey County Council – Practitioners

Sponsored by: Public Finance�

8. Best Resourcing Provider


  • TMP Worldwide UK / Government Legal Service – Qualified and Trainee Lawyer recruitment


  • Birmingham City Council – Volunteers for the USA Pre Olympic Training Camp
  • TMP Worldwide UK / Sussex Police – Police Community Support Officers

Sponsored by: The MJ

9. Grand Prix

Sponsored by: Metrol/Evening Standard


  • Penna / Central Bedfordshire

Speakers Biographies


Mark Lever

Mark Lever is the Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CIPD Member and has an MBA from Cranfield. Nearly 20 years ago he left his role as partner and National Director of HR and Training with a top ten accountancy firm and entered the Third Sector. He is passionate about equality, fairness and recognising people for their talents, rather than the labels that society likes to give them.


Mike Collins

A former finance industry professional, Mike Collins is now Head of Community Development & Online Learning at DPG Plc. His work centres around community management, online communication and learning which includes using social media tools to connect, collaborate and share. As part of the UK’s leading CIPD provider, Mike feels he has a wonderful opportunity to influence L&D and HR professionals, and to introduce them to new tools and approaches throughout their qualification.

Mike Lockwood

Mike Lockwood became Chief Executive of the London Borough of Harrow in 2007. Previously, he had been the Chief Executive of Elmbridge Borough Council, leaving the organisation graded ‘Excellent’ and among the top five councils nationwide. Since Mike’s arrival at Harrow, it has become one of the best performing councils in London and one of the fastest improving councils nationally. Harrow won the ‘Best Achieving Council of the Year’ category at the MJ Awards 2011/12.

Neil Usher

Neil Usher is a Property and Workplace Executive who has designed, delivered and managed workplaces in over 30 countries in a variety of industry sectors. As General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Group Property department, Neil led a team responsible for the Group’s global property portfolio. He has completed major projects in London, Paris, Salt Lake City, Johannesburg, Singapore and Brisbane, with current projects underway in London (re-development), Montreal, Singapore and Perth.

Nick Heckscher

Nick Heckscher leads ManpowerGroup’s 100m public sector business. His career has spanned operations, marketing, bid management, solution design and sales.He’s spent most of the past 16 years helping public sector clients overcome major resourcing and workforce challenges through the design and implementation of tailored temporary and permanent staffing solutions for all skill types and levels including the unemployed.

Nikki Owen

Nikki Owen UK’s Leading Expert in The Charisma Model, devoted 5 years testing her charisma and engagement blueprint at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Nikki is Positivity Advisor to The Expotel Group and an Executive Faculty at Henley Business School. Her inspirational style earned her the Rising Star 2012 award from The Academy for Chief Executives.

Paul Hills

Paul Hills began his consulting career with Monitor Company Inc, before joining Crane Davies – now Penna Plc. He became a Director in 1995 and is now a lead consultant in the change management practice, heading up major change and leadership programmes. A visiting lecturer on the Henley MBA Programme, Paul has written several modules of their MBA course. He has also worked as senior IIP assessor, spending two years as the Chief Verifier nationally.

Perry Timms

Perry Timms is a future-focused HR/Talent/OD practitioner with experience in organisational change, business transformation, IT/digital programmes and people development. Perry currently drives his own enterprise – pthr – as a “micro-professional”, changing the world of work one conversation at a time.Perry’s vision is for HR to be at the epicentre of radical changes in the way work is done; how people are engaged, rewarded and skilled; and the impact work has on a better society.

Peter Cook

Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock, providing Business and HR Consulting, high level facilitation and keynote speaking. Peter is a scientist, business academic, consultant and coach. Author of five books on business and creativity including “The Music of Business”, “Punk Rock People Management” and “Sex, Leadership and Rock‘n’Roll”, acclaimed by Professor Charles Handy, Adrian Furnham, Tom Peters and Harvey Goldsmith CBE, the man behind Live Aid. He has spent nearly 20 years developing his business, having previously led innovation teams to bring life saving drugs to market. He led the CIPD in Kent and sat on the CIPD Council, bringing a greater business and customer focus to the Institute. A constant through Peter’s life has been writing music and playing in rock and punk bands, most notably with John Otway and alongside Wilko Johnson, Splodgenessabounds and The Fall.

Richard Hawkes

Richard Hawkes is Chief Executive of Scope, the disability charity which employs more than 3,500 staff in services, campaigns, retail and other areas. Prior to joining Scope in 2010 he worked for VSO and has held senior positions in other UK and international development organisations, including the United Nations. Non-executive roles include the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, Skills – Third Sector and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.


Sheila Wheeler

Sheila Wheeler has been Chief Executive of Somerset County Council since 2010. She began her career in local government on a Women Return to Work scheme at the London Borough of Hounslow in 1989. A qualified accountant, Sheila has also worked across local government, central government and the charity sector in various finance roles, becoming Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent in 2005.

Stuart Chamberlain

Stuart Chamberlain is an author and employment law consultant with Croner, part of the Wolters Kluwer Group.He writes and edits the two-volume Encyclopaedia of Employment Law & Practice, is co-author of Croner’s Employment Law and is a contributor to other publications including the on-line Croner-I service. He lectures extensively in both the public and private sectors, specialising in contracts of employment, the law of dismissal and the (dreaded!) TUPE.

Sue Stanhope

Sue Stanhope is Director of HR & OD at Sunderland City Council. Prior to joining the Council, Sue worked in HR in both the private and public sectors. She began her career in Training and Development and has subsequently gained experience across all areas of HR and OD. Sue is currently developing the Council’s transformation programme and improvement journey – an initiative that’s been recognised by an award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Tim Shields

Tim Shields was appointed as Hackney Council’s Chief Executive in 2008. He joined the organisation ten years ago as Corporate Director of Finance and Resources. Tim has focused on service improvement and identified areas where resources and development are needed to raise overall standards. He has also worked to enhance relationships with communities and partners.The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were a huge success for the LBH, placing the Borough in a positive light.

Wande Showunmi

Wande Showunmi became the National Autistic Society’s Director of Human Resources in 2010. Wande develops the NAS’s people agenda, dealing with all HR, learning and development, and employee wellbeing-related matters. Before joining the NAS, Wande was Haringey Council’s Head of People for Homes and Head of HR for Odyseey Care Solutions for Today. Wande is a CIPD Member, a qualified occupational assessor and a licensed employment relations mediator, with almost 15 years’ HR experience.

Anthony Douglas

Anthony Douglas is the Chief Executive of Cafcass which champions the interests of children involved in family proceedings. He began his career in journalism, but soon moved to social work, spending 11 years on the front line. Anthony has since tackled many senior roles, including non-executive director of the Criminal Records Bureau.Chair of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. Anthony was awarded a CBE for his work in family justice and adoption

Beccy Richards

.Beccy Richards joined Butlins, Minehead about 5 years ago. Minehead has held the highest Butlins team survey score since 2009 and has been resort of the year for the past two years. Minehead has retained its IIP status for many years with comments like !(the team) display a passion and commitment that many other organisations can only envy”.


Caroline Anderson

Caroline Anderson was appointed as the HRD at Hackney Council in 2007, with responsibility for HR and Organisational Development. The last six years have seen Hackney firmly shrug off its status as a failing council to become one of the most efficient and innovative councils in the country.Caroline supported transformation and organisational change including the opening of a £48m service centre in 2010 and preparation of the workforce for the Olympics and Paralympics 2012.


Daniel Hibbert

Daniel Hibbert has over 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of reward and HR performance improvement programmes. His experience encompasses both the public and the private sectors and he has worked extensively in local government and for the national Pay Review Bodies. Daniel qualified as an account and tax advisor before moving to specialise in HR management and reward.


Hamish Davidson

Hamish Davidson began his recruitment career with the boutique search firm, Jamieson Scott, before becoming a partner at Price Waterhouse. Since then, he has led the development of the Veredus and Rockpools brands; become an associate for National Leadership & Improvement Agency for Healthcare in Wales; and been asked to undertake the Cabinet Office Top Manager programme – the only recruiter/headhunter to be invited. Hamish now runs his own professional services/search & selection business.


Helen Bailey

Helen Bailey is the Chief Operating Officer for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. She became Chief Executive of Local Partnerships in 2011 and was previously Director of Public Services at HM Treasury, responsible for spending on Local Government, Housing, Health and Education, Helen also has experience as a Local Authority Chief Executive in the London Borough of Islington (2002-2008) and therefore brings unrivalled insight into Central and Local Government.


Ian Tomlinson-Roe

Ian Tomlinson-Roe leads PwC’s Public Sector Human Resources Consulting practice. Following several years in industry, culminating in executive committee responsibilities.Ian entered a big four consulting house to lead their People and Change practice. He returned to industry to tackle People, Marketing and Communications for a global assurer. This background means his expertise covers employee resourcing, development, engagement and restructuring. Ian operates at Board level with management, regulators, governing bodies, central government, investors and suppliers.


Jabbar Sardar

Jabbar Sardar joined Cafcass in 2006 as the Head of Human Resources, responsible for the HR and Health & Wellbeing functions, in 2009, he became Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. Pre-Cafcass, Jabbar worked as a Senior HR Manager with Education Leeds, where he was responsible for delivering HR services to 300 schools and 18,000 school-based staff. His previous roles have seen him handling a budget of over £10m and leading a 100 strong team.


Jill Youds

Jill Youds is an Executive Director at Virgin Media. Jill joined the business give years ago, initially to head up leadership and learning and to operate as Deputy Group HRD. Her remit expanded quickly to include most CofE/SME aspects of the HR agenda and then leadership of Virgin Media’s shared services organisation.Previous roles include HR Director, Head of OD and Head of L&D for large organisations in the retail, construction and financial services sectors.


John Osman

John Osman is 37 years old and was born, raised and educated in Wells, Somerset. He is a qualified solicitor and partner of a law firm. He has been a member of Somerset County Council since 2005 and Leader since 2012. He is married to Anna and enjoys playing football, tennis and walking his dog.


Julian Highfield

Julian Highfield joined Butlins, Minehead about 5 years ago. Minehead has held the highest Butlins team survey score since 2009 and has been resort of the year for the past two years. Minehead has retained its IIP status for many years with comments like “(the team) display a passion and commitment that many other organisations can only envy”.


Juliet Stuttard

Juliet Stuttard is a Director of Human Resources Services with over 24 years’ experience within human resource management. She specialises in developing and implementing organisation-wide change programmes, focusing on the people aspects including workforce planning, recruitment, assessment, performance management, organisation design, workforce cost reduction and people restructuring. Juliet combines her consulting experience with a background in senior HR roles and has considerable experience in both the private and public sector.


To down a copy of the programme – click here


We are delighted to announced the Winners of the PPMA HR Awards

Our thanks to our judges and sponsors of this event.

Photos of the awards can be found on Filckr

1. Making a difference through Employee Engagement


  • Essex County Council


  • Islington Council
  • London Borough of Hackney


Nita Clarke, Director of the IPA, Co-Chair of the Employee Engagement Task Force and Vice President (Employment Relations) CIPD

Kersten England, Chief Executive, York Council

Sponsored by Serco:



2. Making a difference through Change Management


  • Gloucestershire County Council


  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest


Stephen Taylor, Director, Blakesley Associates

Kersten England, Chief Executive, York Council

Sponsored by Green Park


3. Making a difference through Workforce Development


  • Hertfordshire County Council


  • Alyesbury Vale District Council
  • Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich


Peter Reilly, Director HR Research & Consultancy, Institute for Employment Studies

Helen Giles, Managing Director at Real People

Sponsored by – Stanton Marris


4. Making a difference – public sector HR Team of the Year


  • Southend-on-SeaBorough Council


  • EastSussex CountyCouncil
  • Gloucestershire County Council


Dean Royles, Director NHS Employers and Chair of CIPD Board

Stephen Taylor,Director, Blakesley Associates

Helen Giles, Managing Director at Real People

Sponsored by Penna

Post Seminar Speaker Presentations

Below are some of the presentations from the Annual Seminar – click here to view the presenations via Slideshare – more will follow shortly.

Using Charisma to Drive up performance – Speaker: Nkki Owen, Charisma and engagement expert, Audience with Charisma

Talent and Young People – Speaker: Nick Heckscher, Sector Director – Government, Manpower

View from the top – maximising opportunity for personal and organisational prosperity – “think Differently about Autism and transform your Workforce” Speakers: Mark Lever & Wande Showumni

View from The Top – Strategy to Delivery – Maximising Talent
– Cafcass presentation – Speakers: Anthony Douglas CBe, Chief Executive and Jabbar Sardar, HR Director, Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

Segmenting Talent and Reward
– Speaker: Daniel Hibbert, Principal, Mercer

Croner’s employment law update
– Speaker: Stuart Chamberlain – Croner

View from The Top – Strategy to Delivery
– “Prosperity during Difficult times” – Speakers: Mike Lockwood, Chief Executive, Harrow Council and Sue Stanhope,�HR Director, Sunderland City Council

Our True Intent is all for your Delight
– Speakers: Julian Highfield, Resort Director, Beccy Richards, HR Manager, and Butlins Team Members