Well, it’s been a busy week (again) and I must confess to feeling a bit out of steam as I write this on the way down to London (for the 3rd time this week) to chair my penultimate PPMA Policy Board meeting as President…yes it’s actually gone that quickly! One more Board and then it’s the AGM and Annual Conference in Manchester.
This week a number of Board members met with LGE colleagues and facilitators Andy Cook, from Marshall-James HR, and Chris Johnson from Mercer (formerly at the Cabinet Office and a PPMA conference speaker in May). The session was a great opportunity for us to look at the PPMA/LGE working relationship and future arrangements. We all committed to taking a number of actions forward following this ‘Think Tank’.
Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of speaking at the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) annual H R conference. PPMA member Martin Tiplady, the Met’s Director of HR, asked me to talk about my views on HR, the good, the bad and the future. Not being your shy and retiring type, I leapt at the chance to express some opinions – and had great fun at the Q and A session, where my workplace nickname of P.O.D. was ‘outed’. Yes, it’s true – I am the Prince of Darkness – or at least some colleagues think so! I’m pretty sure other HR colleagues will have equally interesting nicknames – some of which will no doubt be unprintable…
Following the Policy Board, I’ll do an update on issues/decisions made early next week.
Hope this post finds you well, have a great weekend.
PS – Book your place for PPMA’s annual conference now on-line!
PPS – VP (Elect) Dean Shoesmith can be seen and read about in glorious technicolour in the current edition of People Management…two HR Heads in one VP (Elect) – good value I’d say!