CONGRATULATION TO OUR 2023/24 PEER INTO THE FUTURE COHORT

We received our highest ever number of application for this years cohort, which is testament to this programmes success and the benefit that participants receive from from being involved.

Congratulations to this years successful applicants:

Ayanna Bailey, Sutton Council

Tonya Bozzuto, Swindon Borough Council

Claire Burton, Breckland Council

Maxine Dottore, Government of Jersey

Carly Evans, Buckinghamshire Council

Tamara Hanton, Islington Council

Joanne Holland, North Yorkshire Council

Vivienne Lindley, Kent County Council

Vicki Lowe, Wigan Council

Andrea Marshall, Salford City Council

Hannah Mason, Central Bedfordshire Council

Hannah Morley, North Yorkshire Council

Stephanie Osborne, Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Catherine Sharples, Salford City Council

Lee Taylor-Pockett, Gloucestershire County Council

Yvonne Turner, London Borough of Hackney

Dionne Williams-Dodoo, City of London Corporation

Fiona Wilson, Essex County Council

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.

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Who is the programme for?

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

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Where is the programme held?

Peer into the Future modules will be delivered with a mixture of virtual and face to face sessions.

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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
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.

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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:

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

Leatham Green, Transformation Director, Oracle

Angela O’Connor, The HR Lounge

Emma Pennycard, BeCoaching – Life Balance Coach and Trainer

Simon Phillips, Head of Data, Performance and Insight at Swindon Borough Council

Dr Kathryn Waddington, University of Westminster, London

Alistair Williams, Creation Consultancy

A range of Chief Executives & leading HR Professionals including Gordon McFarlane, current PPMA President and Assistant Director – Corporate Services, Leicestershire County Council, Sonia Grewal, PPMA VP, Director of HR & OD, Swindon Borough Council & Past Peer into the Future winner,
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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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION 16TH AUGUST 2023

If you have any questions in the meantime you can email [email protected] or Julie Biggs at [email protected]

Past Programmes

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

Hear from past participants about 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

Leatham Green, Transformation Director, Oracle

Sonia Grewal, PPMA VP & Director of People, Customer & Organisational Resilience, Swindon Borough Council

Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Assistant Support Team Lead, NHS Somerset

Althea Loderick, CEO at Southwark

Gordon McFarlane, current PPMA President and Assistant Director – Corporate Services, Leicestershire County Council

Emma O’Brien, Head of HR – EPR Programme, EDF(UK)

Angela O’Connor, The HR Lounge

Emma Pennycard – BeCoaching – Life Balance Coach & Trainer

Simon Phillips, Head of Data, Performance and Insight at Swindon Borough Council

Julie Towers, Managing Director and Board Director, Penna PLC

Dr Kathryn Waddington, University of Westminster, London

Alistair Williams – Creation Consultancy