It’s been an interesting week watching the Democratic party conference as they nominate Mr. Obama for Presidential candidate for their party in the American elections. I don’t recall anything quite so elaborate or expensive when I was nominated for PPMA President…..ah well, delusions of grandeur aside, another week of presidential stuff comes to an end, comments as follows:
– Great response from willing volunteers to join the PPMA Policy Board as Lead Officers – so you do exist and want to contribute more – fantastic! Expect announcements on appointments to be made following the Policy Board meeting on 11th/12th September. Thank you to all of you who expressed an interest.
– Good article in the LGC this week on Total Reward and profiling some of the work that my authority, Buckinghamshire CC and Hertfordshire CC are doing in partnership on a pilot basis. A similar article on reward appeared in Personnel Today last week. Watch out for further PPMA profile stuff in People Management next week.
– Arrangements are developing well for the PPMA Conference in Manchester next year – I can’t wait to see the details from Gill Hibberd and her planning team, but suspect I’ll be bowled over like the rest of you.
Finally, just in case you thought I’d have a week without mentioning it, I’m London bound today to meet the IDeA about the national jobs portal for Local Government and the ‘Best Councils’ initiative. Following which I’m delighted to say I’m catching up with Yvonne Skingle (now working with Tribal). Yvonne is already working on a range of assignments, including the Tribal/PPMA interface – you might also want to have a look at some of the jobs she is involved in the search activities for, including the HR and OD Director for the new Wiltshire Council.