The Programme

Designed by PPMA and supported by experts in their fields, this modular, strategic programme is a combination of theory, leading practice and real-world practical inputs from senior leaders across private and public sector organisations.

This programme reflects PPMA’s passionate desire to stretch and develop HR & OD professionals. Our organisations need future oriented, forward thinking professionals – those who can both think outside the box, and especially don’t see a box at all. In this way we see HR & OD people as business leaders whose expertise happens to be in workforce related matters and enables business to innovate and transform.

Peer into the Future provides you with an opportunity to take time out from day to day business to reflect on the key business and workforce issues of the day; and share, learn and develop with colleagues.

Participating will enable you to enhance your personal leadership and professional skills as well as extending your professional network.


Who is the programme for?

If you are a current or aspiring HR & OD professional, operating strategically within your organisation or you are aspiring to operate at Director level, then this programme is for you.


Where is the programme held?

Peer into the Future modules will be delivered either virtually or in locations that best suits the needs of the cohort. We will determine the finer details closer to the time reflecting the latest government and local guidance relating to COVID -19.


Programme objectives

This programme will develop your understanding of how HR/OD needs to maximise its contribution to the overall success of your organisation and public service as a whole. Specifically it will enable you to:

• Gain a deep appreciation of holistic and compassionate leadership, and the significance and impact of self-care for leaders.

• Take a deep dive into your self-awareness and how this impacts on others perception of you, your own self-confidence, and your performance and impact.

• Build your own personal and professional brand, and understand how that will support your effectiveness in your organisations

• Can confidently define and assess the impact of HR & OD on our organisations through lived experience as well as ‘numbers’.

• Develop your cohort networks and be part of a national Peer Alumni community.

Peer is a fully interactive programme focused on doing as well as theory. It’s an important combination – understanding how to apply learning in organisations that are often messy, changeable and
ambiguous is a significant skill.


Programme Structure 

Delivered in 6 one-day modules, participants are encouraged and expected to take an active role in their learning and sharing experiences with cohort colleagues. There will be light preparation between modules.

The first module sets the direction of travel for personal and cohort development. This enables the cohort to accelerate their learning through the shared experience of each other’s work priorities and organisational challenges.

Speakers for the modules include:

Alistair Williams – Creation Consultancy

Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe  – PhD, MBA, MSC, CPsychol, FBPS and Founding Director of Real World Group

Dr Kathryn Waddington, University of Westminster, London

Angela O’Connor, The HR Lounge

Kevin Monroe, Gratitude Guide

A range of Chief Executives & leading HR Professionals including Claire Symonds from London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Attendees will influence many of the speakers and the areas they want to hear from as the programme gets underway, making for a wide input from a spectrum of professionals.

This year’s programme

Peer into the Future 2020/2021 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:

Amanda Buchanan – London Borough of Barnet

Jenny Dickie – Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Kate Enver – Southwark Council

Marina Fraser-Ryan – Birmingham University

Anna Horton – Swindon Borough Council

Sharni Kent – London Borough of Barnet

Ronni Laurie – Basildon Borough Council

Beverley Lavall – Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Nichola Mann – Brentwood Borough Council

Rosemary Oduntan-Oke – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Nimisha Patel – oneSource

Sherene Russell-Alexander – London Borough of Lewisham

Sheila Sackey – Westminster City Council

Elsa Sousa – Government of Jersey

Kelly Thompson – Financial Ombudsman Service

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.

Download the brochure here.

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

Past Programmes

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

Some images from the 2021 final event hosted by Penna

Hear what some past participants say about being part of the Peer into the Future programme.

Meet our Programme Speakers:

Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe  – PhD, MBA, MSC, CPsychol, FBPS and Founding Director of Real World Group

Kevin Monroe, Gratitude Guide

Angela O’Connor, The HR Lounge

Claire Symonds, Chief Executive London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Dr Kathryn Waddington, University of Westminster, London

Alistair Williams – Creation Consultancy