Hello PPMA members and friends

This is the third in our series of posts from participants of the HR Rising Star and The One to Watch competition and we hear from Matthew Burrows, HR Support Assistant, Serco Local & Regional Government. Matthew is our One to Watch winner and he answers some questions for us on his experience.

Who you are and what you do:
I currently spend most of my time working in operational HR. It is mainly an administrative function, overseeing the new starters, changes to contract and leavers processes. I also have a hand in administrating the recruitment process for local authority schools, and do some work on KPI reporting from our HRIS.

Why do you work in public service:
I work for the service provider to Lincolnshire County Council. I decided to make this move as Lincolnshire County Council wanted to be a forerunner for this business model, and I was excited to be part of a period of change, especially as a new company had won the contract a few months before I joined. It is challenging but rewarding, and allows me to work closely with colleagues for the betterment of public services.

How did you feel about participating in Rising Stars/ The One to Watch:
Spending two days in a room with so many exciting, dedicated and talented people was the best professional experience of my life. The great coaching, coupled with the insight of my peers and the judges has completely refreshed my perspective. The growth that occurred over two days in Leeds cannot be understated and I continue to be grateful for the opportunities I have to express myself professionally.

What did you learn about yourself from participating in the event:
The most important thing I learned about myself was that I belong in that arena. Finding the confidence and courage to deliver on that kind of stage was a big deal for me, because I wasn’t sure if I had “it”. Now I know that I do have “it”, and that confidence has already been a springboard to success.




Matthew Burrows, HR Support Assistant, Serco Local & Regional Government and PPMA The One to Watch winner