PPMA is delighted to announce the formal launch of the Annual Excellence in People Management 2017 Awards.

The theme for our 2017 seminar focuses on HR & OD’s ability to operate in an ever changing landscape and reflects on the ‘new normal’. As with previous years, this is an important opportunity for us to celebrate the best about our work and say thank you and well done to our colleagues who operate in increasingly challenging circumstances.

We are proud of all of the contribution made by HR and OD professionals across all Public Services and we welcome submissions from LG, Health, Civil Service and 3rd Sector organisations – this can include partnerships with Private Sector companies.

Here’s a short awards launch video that explains more about the event.

In recognition of changing times and participant and sponsor feedback, we have refreshed our Awards categories. We have a number of new awards this year that directly respond to some of the key themes we are wrestling with, e.g., productivity, commercialisation and sustainable change.

For all the awards, the judges will be looking for clarity of objectives, a degree of creativity and innovation and evidence that excellence and a real demonstrable impact has been achieved. We are making all the judging criteria available this year.

Why Enter?

By entering the awards you have the opportunity to nationally showcase your hard work and achievements, and to share best practice, your findings and your dedication with colleagues across the UK.

As always, we have a distinguished panel of judges from across local government, the NHS, sponsors and partners from the private sector – all leading figures and experts in their field.

We will be showcasing all the shortlisted entries on the PPMA website and we will be holding a shortlisting event in advance of our 2017 conference. That will be an early opportunity for celebration and recognition for all of our colleagues who entered.


Awards Judging Event

Our judging event is being hosted by The Guardian this year and Chaired by Stacey-Rebekka Karlsson, head of government & public services at The Guardian.

Following the closing date, entries will be issued to a panel of judges. These will be reviewed and scored against the published criteria in advance of the Judging Event on March 21st 2017.

At the event, all scores will be moderated and shortlists for each category agreed. These will be announced at a celebratory event on 4th April 2017 again hosted by The Guardian.

Awards Judges

PPMA is delighted to announce that judges for this year’s awards are all confirmed. They represent some fantastic public and private sector organisations and bring a wealth of senior leadership experience to this judging process.

Our judges are incredibly busy and we are thrilled that they have agreed to take part in this year’s award process. It is a fantastic opportunity for all of you to have your work considered – even if you don’t win, you will learn a huge amount. We strongly encourage you to take part, whatever the stage in your career. You’ll be showcasing your organisation, your work and yourselves to all of your colleagues too.

We’ve published a brochure introducing our judges – you can download that here.

Awards Shortlisting Event

Our awards winners will be announced at our Annual Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th April in Bristol.

However for the first time ever we are also holding an event to celebrate ALL of our entrants. At the very least we can say a heartfelt THANK YOU for all the work you do day in and day out, helping our organisations succeed in really challenging circumstances.

So look out for your invite from the Guardian Events team.

Awards Process and Timetable

The awards are our annual opportunity to celebrate and share the fantastic work going on every day in our organisations. We make no apologies for celebrating your success.

Working in Public Service is increasingly demanding and challenging but profoundly rewarding.

The key dates this year are as follows:

– 17th January: Awards Launched

– 10th March: Closing date for entries

– 21st March: Judging Event hosted by The Guardian

– 4th April: Shortlisting Event hosted by The Guardian

Click here for a downloadable awards pack outlining the awards categories, timetable & process, our terms and conditions and your booking form.

Click here to download an entry form in Word Format.

Click here to download the judging criteria for all the awards.

Awards Finalists

We’re delighted to announce the shortlists for the Annual PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2017.


Award Winners 2017

The awards winners were announced at our Annual Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th April in Bristol, find out who won!




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