PPMA Annual Conference 2019

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Welcome to our Conference 2019 page.  You’ll find everything you need to know about our event next year here.  We’re able to share the majority of our agenda with you now – we are really excited about next year’s Theme.  There will be some updates that we need to make between now and May 2018 – so please check back regularly to see what is new.


We are absolutely delighted to be bringing PPMA conference to the Hilton Metropole at Birmingham NEC.  We had a fantastic trip to Newcastle-Gateshead in April 2018, so we needed another great venue.  We’re confident that the Hilton Metropole is it.  It’s a single site venue this year and the location is fantastic – there is plenty of space for you to explore and relax.

Conference timings

We are committed to learning from previous events.  We’re retaining the best of what we have already done and improving where we can.

This year there are some key changes – for a start conference will be held on a Tuesday to Thursday.  We will be starting part of our conference agenda on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th and will be finishing early afternoon Thursday 16th.  We’re mindful that many of  you have asked us to accommodate easier travelling arrangements and this appears to be the best way to doing so.  So we will be supporting conference registration on the Tuesday as well as Wednesday morning. We’ll be continuing with our pre-conference event which was a highlight this year.  That gave you all a great opportunity to relax before main conference, network with existing colleagues and friends and make plenty of new contacts.


We will be holding a Tomorrow’s Talent event, a Strategic HRD event on Tuesday afternoon and we will also host our AGM on Tuesday 14th May.  AGM is open to all PPMA members, so if you do want to come you need to make sure that you join us on Tuesday.

Our theme for 2019 is Don’t Worry – Be Happy!  We’ve put a lot of thought into this.  We’re very interested in the developing science around leadership, wellbeing, engagement, happiness, generosity and productivity.  So we’re going to use our main stage keynotes to look at this in more detail.  We’ve got some incredible speakers for you – including Shonette Bason-Wood and Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe.  We’ve also redesigned our fringe themes, which are a key part of our agenda.

Fringe sessions

We are offering fringe sessions for each of our 8 strategic themes – this will be a great opportunity for you to work and network with our new Strategic Theme Leads.  However, we’re also providing you with a wellbeing fringe stream, which will be an opportunity for you to try out a range of meditation and wellbeing tasters.  You all deserve some pampering!

Previous winners

We also have a theme focused on our previous award winners – we are inviting 4 previous winners to come and share more information about their successful entries to help share award winning practice more widely across the community.  We think this is a great way to give all of you the opportunity to contact previous award winners.  Although we try our best to involve award winners in various PPMA events during the year, we think annual conference is the best opportunity for as many of our members to meet and talk to award winners.

Social issues in HR&OD

Additionally this year, we are hosting a ‘Social Issues in HR & OD’ fringe stream.  There are a lot of issues that we can influence as HR & OD practitioners, but we don’t always have time to think about them.  We’re inviting some inspirational people to talk to us about supporting offenders back into work; helping our military veterans transition to ‘Civvy Street’, promoting social mobility and thinking about how we can support better careers for low paid workers who are juggling multiple jobs.  So – plenty of thought provoking topics and speakers and of course time for us to celebrate our amazing PPMA 2019 Award winners.

So, on behalf of the broader PPMA leadership community, PPMA Strategic Board extends a very warm invite to all HR & OD Professionals across Public Service to come and join us in 2019.  Whilst we cannot put on an event like this without the generous support of sponsors and speakers, fundamentally this event is about you and for you.  We can’t wait to see you next May.

We’ll be opening conference booking on January 2nd  2019.  However, if you have any questions about conference 2019 or you want to reserve places already please email us on [email protected].


About the Conference

When is it being held?

This years conference starts on Tuesday 14th May and concludes on Thursday 16th May 2019.

Where is it being held?

This years conference and Awards Dinner is being held in Birmingham. Click here to find out more about the venues.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Watch our Conference video for more information

Conference Agenda

Click here to see the agenda for the 3 days of Conference.


Conference Speaker

Find details about our Conference speakers here


Conference Registration

Booking forms here – Early Bird offer available until 31st January 2019


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