Well another week of PPMA presidential life comes to an end and sees me London bound once more – this time for the MJ Awards and a chance to celebrate some of the best work in public services, including the PPMA/LGE/IDeA jointly sponsored pay and workforce achievement award, which I’ve had the privilege to help judge this year – good luck to all the finalists.
However, this isn’t simply another awards dinner/excuse to wear a DJ, but instead makes good on my promise to get out and about to the PPMA regions, with the London Regional meeting on Friday – I’m looking forward to meeting with more of our members face to face and to some challenging questions being posed!
Having mentioned the LGE, this is an obviously interesting week as we await the formal confirmation on the proposed UNISON strike action by local government workers. At a meeting yesterday with Jan Parkinson, MD of the LGE, I and other PPMA colleagues had a chance to discuss opportunities for future collaboration and the possibility of joint policy development on the future reward agenda – all very exciting and a good place for PPMA to be involved.
All in all, another busy, enjoyable and good week for the Association, forging links in the right places, shaping thinking and being seen as ‘up there’ with other professional associations!