Hello PPMA members and friends

I am looking forward to welcoming you our PPMA Annual Seminar 2015 “Our past, Our present and Our future” at the Grand Hotel, Bristol. It’s certainly a welcome back to the great, vibrant and multicultural city of Bristol as it was only 2013 when we had a very successful seminar with the theme of “Talent, Opportunity, and Prosperity

I look forward to the welcome address from the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, and celebrating the fact that Bristol was recently awarded the title of European Green Capital 2015 by the European Commission.

As you know this year’s theme has a Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby colour theme and possibly a music theme! We will be celebrating 40 years of PPMA and its predecessor SOCPO (Society of Chief Personnel Officers) looking back at the last 40 years and at what has influenced us all to the present day. We will also be looking forward to the next 40 years of HR, People Management and Organisational Development, in the local, regional, central government arena – in fact across all public services. We will recognise 40 years of progress, celebrate the achievements of members and partners, and look forward to equipping the workforce of the future.

We will be offering the delegates, the opportunity to think creatively and explore where organisations are going with organisational design and workplace practices this may involve maybe technological developments, communications, virtual workplaces, continued global employment and more besides. With your support we will create a sense of excitement about the future. The seminar programme will offer powerful case studies, master classes and thought pieces balanced with the opportunity to challenge and plan your own strategic thinking.

If you are joining us in Bristol I do hope you enjoy the seminar and networking with peers and colleagues.

Barry Pirie

President Elect PPMA 2015/16