PPMA HR Rising Stars 2014 – Aspirational HR Leaders Come Together to Tackle Challenges in Public Services…

Hello PPMA members and frieds

This week, guest Blogger Raffaela Goodby, West Midlands Regional Chair, shares her experience of the recent Rising Stars competition….

‘A sunny day in Warwick dawned, with aspiring HR leaders from across the UK making their way to Warwick Business School with one theme on their mind, agility. No, they weren’t going to the National HR Olympics, but tackling a big issue for public services, getting the most out of our workforces by focussing on agile, cutting edge ideas and projects. The 2014 entrants had a tough act to follow with the 2013 Rising Stars programme winning industry awards. Ellie Goddard, the 2013 winner, was named Personnel Today’s newcomer of the year 2013 and joined the judging panel to influence who a worthy winner would be to hand her crown to.

The chosen PPMA 2014 finalists are:

Amy Newnham      East Sussex County Council
Craig Scrivens      Warwickshire County Council
Jaspreet Garg       Kent County Council
Adam Feather       Wiltshire Council

Online voting will be open soon, keep an eye on twitter for the launch day!

Our four finalists were selected following an intense two day competition in February in which 15 Rising Stars from across the UK  took part in challenges such as a masterclass on presentation skills, delivered by PPMA talent lead, Leatham Green, an intense ‘TCUP’ (thinking competently under pressure), and challenge from their peers and the judges.  All participants were put through their places with entrants commenting ‘that was so tough, but I totally loved it’. This year we were joined by Angela Probert, HRD at Nottingham City Council who shared her experience, feedback and ideas  – huge thanks to Angela for her help and support. The group were also joined by Louise Tibbert, PPMA President Elect, who observed day two and offering her personal thanks and support to everyone involved, (and a big discount for the seminar for the Rising Stars, get booking!)

Leatham Green, Assistant Director of East Sussex Council and PPMA board member said ‘this competition was designed to shine a light on the aspiring HR leaders working in public services across the UK. There was a deliberate blend of coaching for the delegates from the PPMA to support them to grow their career and profile; mixed with a tough competitive element to put them through their paces which they all did with professionalism and panache. Every entrant was asked to submit a 2500 word paper to outline their ‘big idea’ for the judges. The ideas were to generate innovative and creative ideas around agility for the public sector and were wide and varied. Each entrant then presented their idea to the panel of judges. Nick Heckscher, Sector Director, Public Services from partner Manpower said “we have been so impressed by the quality of the pitches over the past few days and the ideas and collateral that the entrants have developed. The delegates have really got a lot out of the competition.”

Ellie Goddard, Rising Start winning 2013 who joined the panel as a judge said “I have really gained a lot out of my year as Rising Star winner and it has widened by horizons and given me great experiences as I spent a year on the PPMA board. I encourage anyone who is thinking about it to give it a go.”

Nigel Carruthers, Workforce Advisor, LGA said ‘I am very impressed with the standard of the ideas and professionalism that all of the competition entrants have shown during this competition. The ideas will really add value to their organisations and to the public sector as a whole”

Congratulations to the finalists and a huge well done to everyone who took part. The winner will be unveiled at the PPMA Annual Seminar Dinner on 8th May in Leeds. You can follow progress online using #ppmahr14 or by following @ppma_hr

Bookings are already been taken for PPMA HR Rising Stars 2015, book your place now email [email protected]

The Rising Stars event is held in collaboration with Manpower and with the support of the LGA – public voting will be open soon and we will let you know as soon as it does!


Hannah Mason – Central Bedfordshire Council
Amy Newnham –  East Sussex County Council
Grace  Schultz –  East Sussex County Council
Sam Heeley –  East Sussex County Council
Brenda  McMahon –  Hertfordshire County Council
Dan  Bateman –  Hertfordshire County Council
Sophie Newman –  Hertfordshire County Council
Chris Cooper –  Kent
Jaspreet  Garg –  Kent
Beverly Reduta –  Northamptonshire County Council
Emma  Eckhardt –  Nottingham City Council
Sam Choudhury –   Nottingham City Council
Craig  Scriven –   Warwickshire County Council
Adam Feather –   Wiltshire Council


Raffaela Goodby,

Head of  OD, Engagement & Wellbeing, Birmingham City Council and PPMAWest Midlands Regional Chair

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