Midlands and Wales

Midlands and Wales 2019-06-05T12:23:41+01:00
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About the Region


The Midlands and Wales region stretches from Lincoln to Aberystwyth, from Northampton to Leeds, and from Cardiff to Llandudno, and it covers everywhere in between!

It is a geographically diverse regions, and we are committed to providing our members with the support and access to event and seminar they will find useful. We are currently engaging to existing and potential new members to determine what their specific challenges are, what events they would value, and to enable them to help shape an even more valuable membership offer.

Local Issues Impacting the Region


We face many of the same issues as the rest of the regions, such as:

  • the challenges of digital disruption for our organisations, with the drive towards the introduction of AI
  • The constant drive for delivering more for less, and how this translates for our customers, communities and workforce
  • Promoting and maintain the wellbeing, productivity and engagement of our workforces
  • Looking and more effective channels of succession planning, skills and leadership development, and collaborative working
  • Developing organisations that operate as commercially astute businesses within the public sector framework

Regional news / blog


  • There will be a regional seminar at Ruddington Hall, Loughborough Road, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6LL, during week commencing 4 November 2019.
  • There will also be a regional seminar hosted in Wales during week commencing 3 February 2020 – location to be confirmed in due course.

We are currently canvassing our members to help shape the programmes for each event, so watch this space!  If you would like to put forward any ideas or suggestions for content or future events, please contact Sam Anthony on  [email protected]

Sam Anthony FCIPD – PPMA Midlands & Wales Regional Chair

Sam is the Head of HR & OD at Fenland District Council; with over 20 years’ experience with Human Resources and Learning and Development in both public and private sectors.

Within Fenland, Sam has developed and delivered a number of organisation-wide transformation programmes, introduced a comprehensive suite of people policies covering all aspects of employment, developed and implemented a suite of Core and Management Competencies, which are fully embedded; developed and delivered a bespoke Staff Satisfaction Survey, with an action planning process to address any areas for improvement and improve employee engagement levels and led and implemented a number of transformational projects at the Council (cultural change, full review and change to terms and conditions, change to working practices and annual leave).

Sam has been a PPMA member for a number of years. Sam has previously worked for Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd in HR and Management, and also held a regional training role. Sam is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a qualified coach and an accredited mediator. Sam is also a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, a Certified Practitioner of Hypnosis, a licenced Motivational Map Practitioner and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Matthew Burrows  Project Manager at Kyra Teaching School Alliance – PPMA Midlands & Wales Deputy Chair 

Matt has a combined five years of experience in public sector people management, having worked for the civil service and local government.

Since winning the PPMA One to Watch talent event in 2018, Matt has encountered a wealth of development opportunities and has most recently taken on a project management role with a group of Lincolnshire schools.

Matt loves sports and cats, so prepare to be bored stiff if you mention the NFL, Formula 1, or animals of any kind.

Midlands & Wales Regional Chair

Sam Anthony

Email: [email protected]

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Midlands & Wales Regional Deputy Chair

Matthew Burrows

Email: [email protected]

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