North

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About the Region


Our region covers 12 counties and stretches from Newcastle to Hull, Carlisle to Manchester and everywhere in-between.  It is geographically diverse with large parts of the northern area being rural, along with several major towns and cities across the region.

We are engaging with current and potential new members to determine what challenges they face and to ensure the events and support we offer are tailored towards their needs.  With feedback and input from members across the region we are committed to providing a valuable membership offer.

Given the huge geographical area of our region, we are considering how best to manage our collaborative relationship.  Your feedback is welcome as we strive to make our interaction as efficient and effective as possible.

Local Issues Impacting the Region


Our issues are reflective of other regions is the UK: –

  • Supporting our workforce and services to manage the impact of a reduced cost envelope on
    our communities
  • Addressing HR/OD priorities by working collaboratively in many parts of the region and we
    are committed to expanding on this
  • Our workforce is our most valuable asset and we have a duty to assist staff in maintaining
    their wellbeing
  • Understanding how the use of technology, digital and AI can positively impact our
    transformation of services
  • The requirement to fully advocate for protected characteristics in order to positively engage
    our workforce and residents
  • Making succession planning and leadership development a priority to support sustainability
    for the future

Regional news / blog


We are currently shaping the events for our region so watch this space!
If you would like to put forward any ideas for content or futures events, please contact Tracy Brennand or Samantha Betts

Sam Betts – Assistant Director, Human Resources and Organisational Development – PPMA Joint North Regional Chair 

I came to work in Salford over 20 years ago straight after graduating from Salford University and never left – that’s what Salford does to you! During that time I’ve held various HR & OD roles working across the range of service directorates, schools and with partner organisations before my appointment as the Assistant Director for HR & OD in 2015.

Salford is people centred and values based which aligns with my strong personal view that organisations only exist because of people – the single most important part of any organisation are people!  As a HR & OD practitioner I’ve worked across the full range of HR & OD disciplines, and lead the development and delivery of our workforce development strategies and activities to support public service reform, transformation and service redesign across the city – leading the way to make Salford a great place to work.  I’m passionate about co-design with people and also naturally curious so I don’t think you should ever stop listening, learning, sharing ideas and new ways of doing things.

I love leading a creative and responsive HR & OD service and have a clear ambition for the service to be positioned as a next generation HR & OD function – developing HR & OD innovative practice at a corporate level to drive change, improvement and support the transformation of public services.

“Innovation is a team sport” which is why we’ve worked hard to develop the right culture, leadership and behaviours to support new ways of working #squads!

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North Regional Joint Chair’s

Samantha Betts 

Tracy Brennand 

Email: [email protected]

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North Regional Deputy Chair

Sue Williams

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