PPMA Annual Conference 2020

PPMA Annual Conference 2020 2020-03-24T09:59:06+00:00

The Midland Hotel Manchester 

POSTPONED – NEW DATES 14th – 16th September 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The Midland Hotel accomodation is now fully booked – but do not panic! We still have plenty of space still at our partnering hotel – The Jury’s Inn 

Welcome to our Conference 2020 page.  You’ll find everything you need to know about our event here. 

Building on the success of our wonderful #PPMAHR19, we are delighted to be holding #PPMAHR20 in Manchester at one of the most iconic venues in the City – The Midland Hotel. All conference events, apart from the social event on Monday 30th March will be held here. Our overflow accommodation is at The Jury’s Inn, which is just opposite The Midland.

Our conference theme

The overwhelming feedback from #PPMAHR19 is that you valued a conference event that had a golden thread, an overarching theme. And an event that makes a bit of magic too.

Examining a theme from the perspective of our Let’s Talk: themes in main stage sessions, supplemented by fringe sessions that also address the important day to day issues that we deal, is what matters to you.

We’ve taken all of your feedback into account and your ideas too. And we are delighted to announce that the theme for #PPMAHR20 is……..

Tomorrow’s World: Purposeful Work and Lives

We can’t ignore tomorrow. How we approach our future is ever more important. We can’t separate it from the now and we can’t think about it as yet another task on the ever growing list of things to do. The future has been talked about before of course, but we are choosing to tackle this holistically, through the lenses of our strategic themes.

Arguably, we are at another inflection point in history. Global politics are profoundly unstable and this has an enormous influence on our national and local realities. The lines between our working and home lives are blurring even more and activism is a powerful motivator for change.

Human beings are complex, emotional beings. Our awareness of this is perhaps greater than it has been before in the world of work. As is our understanding that purpose matters too.

So our Let’s Talk: Future Workforce theme is timely. Tomorrow’s world means that our workforces of the future need to be shaped now. AND we need to think about purposeful work but purposeful lives more broadly. As HR & OD professionals we need to work with all of our colleagues to truly understand our challenges, identify and shape the possibilities and bring them to life. And we absolutely have to be embedding Walk Tall: Being a 21st Century Public Servant.

We’ll be looking at what the futurologists are saying, exploring future tech, multi-generational workforces, the impact of climate change, transgender workplaces and many other issues.

It’s going to be a proactive, energising, innovative and thought provoking 3 days. We look forward to sharing that with you.


We are proud to be bringing you speakers such as Dr Max McKeown to conference. Megan Reitz, author of multiple books, including Speak Up (with John Higgins).  Victoria Tomlinson,Clive Swan and Kerry Nutley a returning speaker from 2019.

You can find out more about our speakers HERE – just click on their names to see their individual bio’s


Day 1 pre-conference activity will start with a Hackathon. Working with community groups across Greater Manchester, we will be actively exploring our conference theme from the perspective of our fellow citizens.

The afternoon of Day 1 will start with our conference keynote speaker, our Annual General Meeting and our conference social event. We’re excited to share that this year we are going to spend a fun evening at The Flight Club in Manchester.

Day 2 will see us dive into conference proper. After a day of thought provoking speakers and networking with sponsors and peers, we will be celebrating our amazing Excellence in People Management Award winners at our Annual Gala Dinner. We’ve chosen a fabulous charity this year too.

We’re keeping our gala dinner theme a secret until our awards shortlisting event on Wednesday 12th February 2020. But don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of time to plan your outfits!

Day 3 will see a half day of great speakers and a final opportunity to talk to sponsors, have some reflection time and network with old friends. We hope that you will have made new friends too by the end of conference too.

The full conference agenda is available here. We’ll keep you posted on progress through our conference App, regular member newsletters and our Conference webpages.

If you have any questions about #PPMAHR20 you can email us on [email protected]


PLEASE NOTE: The Midland Hotel accomodation is now fully booked – but do not panic! We still have plenty of space still at our partnering hotel – The Jury’s Inn, Great Bridgewater St, Manchester, M1 5LE – just 3 minutes walk from the Midland Hotel