Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda 2018-02-23T11:14:30+00:00

We are delighted to announce the agenda for our Annual Conference, which you can find below. You can find out about the session speakers and sponsors on our Speakers and Sponsors page here

Pre Conference Events

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Peer Into The Future
This session is for our Peer Into The Future cohort only.
PPMA Policy Board, Past Presidents Workshop
For current PPMA Policy Board members and Past Presidents only.
Delegate Preconference Dinner
All our delegates are welcome to attend our event at Lanes7 in Newcastle. This event is co-hosted by PPMA and our Platinum sponsors and is an opportunity for us to get together in a relaxed environment before conference proper starts on Thursday 19th April. Personal invitations will be sent out for this event.

Conference Day One

Thursday 19th April 2018

Time Session Location
08:00 – 09:45 Conference Registration & Networking Sage Gateshead Reception
09:15 – 09:45 PPMA AGM for members only Sage 2
09:45 – 10:00 President’s Welcome
Introduction to the 2018 Conference from Karen Grave
Sage 2
10:00 – 10:45 Conference Keynote
The theme of this years conference opener is ‘Public Service is about Public Good’
Sage 2
10:50 – 11:40 Fringe Session(s):

Let’s Talk: Future Workforce - The 21st Century Organisation


Let’s Talk: Evidence - The war on bullshit: why evidence matters
Barbour Suite
11:40 – 12:00 Coffee & Sponsor Networking Sage Level 1
12:00 – 13:00 Brexit – One Year On
This session will look at progress since Article 50 was invoked. Specifically, we will focus on the likely workforce impact and identify some of the likely issues our sector will face as we head towards Brexit in 2019.
Sage 2
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch Sage Level 1
14:00 – 14:50 Public Service Operating Models
Delivering the most effective operating model for public service organisations remains a complex challenge. This session will take a look at some innovative models and delve into the workforce impacts and the role HR & OD Professionals play.
Sage 2
14:55 – 15:45 Fringe Session(s):

Let’s Talk: Future Workforce – The multigenerational workforce


Let’s Talk: Transformation – Reward strategies
Barbour Suite
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee & Sponsor Networking Sage Level 1
16:00 – 17:00 Health and Social Care Integration: What impact the £2bn?
Media and leadership focus on this highly emotive agenda remains high. The £2bn funding from earlier in 2017 has caused working problems between LA’s and NHS Trusts. With the new funding announced in the Autumns 2017 budget we will be taking a look at where integration is working and how it’s best been achieved.
Sage 2
17:00 – 17:30 Day 1 Reflection
Free format session giving delegates an opportunity to reflect and share thoughts with colleagues, sponsors and speakers on day 1 discussions.

Pre Dinner Drinks & Gala Dinner

Thursday 19th April 2018 from 7pm onwards

The evening starts at 7pm with Pre dinner drinks and entertainment from the Newcastle Military Wives Choir in the Hilton Ballroom Suite Reception. 7.30pm seated for the Annual black tie dinner and PPMA Excellence in People Management 2018 Awards.

Conference Day Two

Friday 20th April 2018

Time Session Location
08:00 – 09:00 Registration / Coffee & Networking Sage Gateshead Reception
08:30 – 09:00 Day 2 Energiser Sage 2
09:00 – 09:50 Fringe Session(s):

Let’s Talk: Developing our organisations - Employment relations updates


Let’s Talk: Tech Futures – what role does HR & OD play in the AI, Robotics debate
Barbour Suite
10:00 – 10:50 Leadership
This year’s discussion on Leadership will continue to focus on what makes a good leader in our complex world. But it will also look at some of the early findings of the WomenIn project which is led by The Guardian and supported by PPMA
Sage 2
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee & Sponsor Networking Sage Level 1
11:10 – 12:00 Fringe Session(s):

Let’s Talk: Future Workforce – How do we handle coercion as an employer and commissioner of services. A discussion on Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and Gangmasters and Labour Abuse


Let’s Talk: Developing our organisations - PPMA Research programme
Barbour Suite
12:00 – 13:00 Tomorrow’s Talent
This exciting session will share the outputs of a Manpower - PPMA Sponsored initiative to engage students from local colleges.
Sage 2
13:00 – 13:45 Networking Lunch Sage Level 1
13:45 – 14:35 Productivity – What impact Health & Wellbeing?
The focus on productivity remains a key priority for government. We’re going to take a look in the session at the impact of health and wellbeing initiatives on increasing productivity.
Sage 2
14:35 – 14:55 Coffee & Sponsor Networking Sage Level 1
14:55 – 15:50 Human Beings not Human Resources
The focus of this session is a fresh approach – a mindful approach - to the delivery of HR/OD if the profession wants to lead the drive for innovation, creativity, collaboration and increased performance.
Sage 2
15:50 – 16:05 Conference closing reflections from Karen Grave Sage 2

Feature Block 1


The Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA) is the first choice association for people professionals in public services.

We are a collective voice for a highly qualified, passionate, committed and diverse public services HR and OD community. We play a critical role in influencing key decision-makers and stakeholders involved in people management and workforce issues.


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Our Regions

First and foremost PPMA is proud to be a membership organisation.

As such, the needs of our members comes first together with our sponsors and other partners, we work to develop offerings that ensure that our membership offering remains fit for purpose and offers great value for money.


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The Knowledge Bank

The PPMA Knowledge Bank is a members only resource offering access to a wealth of best practice information, including case studies, toolkits, PPMA and Sponsor thought leadership papers, that you can use in your day to day practice.

Click below to access our membership joining pages and select the right membership for you.