This years programme was bursting with so much talent that 6 out the 16 participants gaining promotions during the programme. The quality and the depth of this years field was so strong that the judges were not able to choose just one winner so this year we have two joint winners of Peer into the Future title.

The first being Shawnna Gleeson, Manchester City Council who’s winning video is described as “extremely authentic, very compelling and really delivered an impact on defining their personal legacy and their journey on the Peer Programme, its a really inspiring and honest and true reflection of Shawnna“.

What Shawnna’s video below:

The Second winner is Emily Drake, Tameside MBC described as “having very clear values that are driving towards actions and outcomes, this peer can encourage teams, think creatively and take people on a journey. Her team clearly love her and she will be a fantastic future HRD or whatever she wants to be”.

Watch Emily’s video below:


You can watch our other fabulous finalists videos by clicking on their names below:

Natasha Brown – Basildon Borough Council

Paula Marsh – Wiltshire Council

Senay Yesil – Camden Council

The Programme

Peer into the Future has been a staple of our Let’s Talk: You offering for several years.  The programme was run with one of our Platinum Sponsors, Penna and was a great success.

During 2018, we decided to update all of our Let’s Talk: You programmes.  Penna are now supporting us with our Apprentice of the Year programme and we are delighted to have their support on that programme.

This year we are looking forward to running the first cohort of our refreshed programme.  The programme has been reshaped based on feedback from previous cohorts, aspiring attendees and PPMA Board members.  Focused on a combination of theory and practice, the programme has 5 core modules.  Additionally, our participants will be supplementing their learning through interaction with leaders across public and private sectors.

This year we are delighted to say that the modules will be delivered by experts in their fields:

  • Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe
  • Maria Paviour
  • Krystyna Gadd
  • Yazad Dalal
  • Angela O’Connor
  • Leatham Green

Programme objectives

This programme is designed to develop senior HR & OD professionals understanding of how HR/OD needs to maximise its contribution to the overall success  of our organisation and public service as a whole.  By the end of Peer, our cohort members will

  • Gain a deep appreciation of holistic leadership using the Engaging Leadership model, developed by Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe.
  • Take a deep dive into neuroscience and understanding how it impacts wellbeing, employee engagement and performance, using CARI.
  • Understand how future trends in technology will influence public service design, delivery and influence the shape of our future workforces.
  • Build your own personal and professional brand, and understand how that will support your effectiveness in your organisations
  • Can confidently define and measure the impact of HR & OD on our organisations.
  • Develop your cohort networks and be part of a national Peer Alumni community.

Who can take part?

Our programme is open to all current and aspiring HR & OD Directors across all parts of public services.  This programme is also open to PPMA and non PPMA members, but PPMA members receive a membership discount on the programme.

This year’s programme

Peer into the Future 2019/2020 applications are now closed. We had a fantastic breadth of applicants and we would like to congratulate all of those successful at being selected for this years programme:

Antony Berge – Westminster City Council

Natasha Brown – Basildon Borough Council

Jennifer Conway – Swindon Borough Council

Julie Davies – Hoople Ltd

Emily Drake – Tameside MBC

Shawnna Gleeson – Manchester City Council

Mala Jones – London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Diane Lomas – London Borough Tower Hamlets

Carol Magnus – Tendring District Council

Paula Marsh – Wiltshire Council

Emily Nice – Southwark Council

Jane Pearce –  St Alban’s City and District Council

Mike Talbot – London Borough of Hillingdon

Anthony Tamattiris – London Borough of Haringey

Linnett Whittaker – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Senay Yesil – Camden Council

It’s such a thrill for us to have the opportunity to work with some of the best HR/OD professionals from our community.

You can look at our online brochure below for details about this years programme.

If you have any questions in the meantime you can email Grace at [email protected] or Leatham at [email protected].

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Although we have changed the Peer curriculum, we know we have an amazing cohort of Peer graduates already.  You can hear what they say about participating in Peer here.

Peer into the Future resources

You can find out much more about our recent Peer events and read some previous blogs here:

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This years programme

To show your interest for our 2021 programme please email Grace Ogden at [email protected] for more information.