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The Public Service People Manager’s Association (PPMA) is delighted to announce their popular annual seminar for 2016 will be held at

Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham – Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd June 2016

Click here to download the Seminar programme.

Click here to download a map and directions to the Aston conference venue.

Click here to download delegate joining instructions

The stage is set and the players are coming together to create a space for learning, debating, networking and conferring for people professionals in public service. We are developing an exciting agenda based on key areas of concern and interest to colleagues across public services.

Key speakers and workshop leads include: Lucy Adams from Disruptive HR (formerly HRD at the BBC) with a focus challenging HR and leading change; John Henderson, CEX at Staffordshire, on the move into local government from a very senior role in the military and what he sees as the strengths and challenges of leading a large authority and what HR can do to help; professor Guy Daly from Coventry University on health and social care integration and workforce issues; Martin Cresswell from Impower on cultural dynamics and Paul Medd from Fenland DC on issues for districts and boroughs.

The emphasis for the two day event will be on collaborative working, workshops and good practice from across the sector. Workshops will focus on the Future of Local Government; The Social Workplace; Cross Sector Collaboration and Health Integration; Business Intelligence; Data, HR and the hard stuff; The Pay and Reward Edit; Service redesign, early intervention and demand management; Wellbeing – Juice for thought; and Engaging for Transformation. There will be ‘hackathons’ ahead of the conference on each of the eight workshops to capture ideas ahead and to ensure that the agenda is live and of value to you.

Alongside our talent showcase, the awards dinner and some structured networking contributions from leading experts and practitioners, examples of good practice and lots of learning to take away are set to make the event lively, engaging, brim-full of useful stuff and a chance to meet with colleagues to energise and focus on the challenges ahead for HR and OD.

Here’s Sue Evans talking about this ‘not to be missed’ event.

So make sure you book early and put the dates in your diary now.

Come, challenge, question, share, learn and enjoy!

Visit the Book your place page to download the booking form. Please attach and return your booking form to [email protected]


Below are a selection of the presentations from the annual seminar – click here to view the presentations via SlideShare – more will follow shortly.

Designing public services for the digital age

Speaker: Tony Browne – Head of Organisation Design, FutureGov

Link to a blog post that gives a narrative to the presentation.

The Social Workplace – Connecting and Engaging for Results

Speakers: Kate Wilson, Director, TMP Worldwide and Lauren Kort, Director, Glassdoor

Aspirations for integration and the workforce challenges

Speakers: David Holmes, Director of HR, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor Guy Daly, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University

Social Media – it’s not just for the kids

Speakers: Olivia Vines, Head of Marketing, JobsGoPublic, Nichola Newbery, Head of Client Partnerships, JobsGoPublic and Neel Patel, Head of Client Partnerships, JobsGoPublic

Juice for Thought

Speakers: Andrew Dodman and Gary Butterfield

Link to a case study about Juice at the University of Sheffield.

Employment Law Update

Speakers: Laura Merrylees, Employment Law Editor, XpertHR and Sheila Attwood, Managing Editor, Pay and HR practice, XpertHR

Leading People in a Disrupted World

Speaker: Lucy Adams, Founder of the disruptive HR Agency

Click the links below for additional information from Lucy’s presentation:

The Edelman Trust survey

SCARF article

The Chimp Paradox – a book about managing your instincts!

Dan Pink – a video about why bonuses don’t work and waht the alternatives are

Interesting article about 21st Century leadership

Article on how Netflix built greater trust

Specific stuff about getting rid of appraisals:

A webinar that I said I would forward https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-more-appraisals-delivered-by-the-disruptive-hr-agency-webinar-tickets-25266221950

Are Appraisals doomed? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20131102214028-131079-are-performance-appraisals-doomed

A workplace evil http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2012/07/09/performance-appraisal/

Time to scrap appraisals http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2013/05/06/time-to-scrap-performance-appraisals/

10 reasons they don’t work http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/10-reasons-performance-reviews-dont-work/?_r=1

50 reasons they don’t work! http://www.ere.net/2011/01/31/performance-appraisal-the-most-dreaded-hr-process-%E2%80%93-a-list-of-the-top-50-problems/

Plus some blog posts from Lucy:








Future Proofing HR: Bridging the Gap between Employers and Employees

Speakers: Maude Julien, Senior Associate, Mercer and Julia Howes, Principal, Mercer UK Talent

Link to Mercer Global Talent Trends Report 2016

Job Evaluation: Now and in the Future

Speaker: Sarah Messenger, Head of Workforce, Local Government Association

Change the story… Change the workforce

Speaker: Dawn Reeves

Future gazing, the evolution of people industries

Speaker: Tanya Laird, Founder, Digital Jam

Video links that Tanya referred to in her presentation:







Messaging that Makes a Change

Speakers: Martin Creswell, Chief Executive, iMPOWER Consulting and Jenny McArdle, Director iMPOWER Consulting


We have some fabulous pictures from our Annual Seminar at Aston University Conference Centre in Birmingham on the 22nd and 23rd June – click on the picture below to see them all.

PPMA Annual Seminar 2016