After 2 fantastic days at Warwick Business School with all of our very talented finalists, we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the Rising Star and One to Watch competitions. And a very well deserved CONGRATULATIONS to our winners.

So much talent radiated from the two days of coaching and competition at Warwick Business School on 1st – 2nd  April 2019 it was a difficult task for our judges to decide our final winner but in the end they awarded Steven Berry representing Manchester City Council with our One to Watch and Hayley Camporses representing Onesource with Rising Star of the Year. That in no way diminishes the brilliance of the other exceptional finalists who all show cased their skills and abilities brilliantly. We were blown away by their individual talent and truly inspirational personal stories.

It has been fantastic to work with, and getting to know, a group of people at the start of their careers, all bursting with enthusiasm to learn, demonstrating an ability to grow, and passion for working in the public sector – what a privilege – and thanks to you all! Everyone was a great ambassador for their organisations and have bright futures ahead of them.

“PPMA’s One to Watch Competition was full of challenges outside of my comfort zone, but within a safe space supported by brilliant coaches. The concepts explored and insightful feedback will stay with me throughout my career. One thing I will never forget – the importance of breathing through my feet!” – Sophie Adams – Leeds City Council

We cannot wait to celebrate their win along with all our other talent programme winners at this year’s PPMA Conference to held on 14th – 16th May at The Hilton Metropole Birmingham.

Hayley and Steven were picked from a fantastic line up of finalists and they are listed below:

Rising Star                      

Hannah Bornet – Financial Ombudsman

Hayley Camporese – OneSource – London Borough of Havering / Newham

Kimberly Jones – Plymouth City Council

Pauline Lifton – Tendring District Council

Sharon Nicholls – Powys County Council

Kirsty Wood – Kent County Council

One to Watch 

Sophie Adams – Leeds City Council

Steven Berry – Manchester City Council

Emma Hanmore – London Borough of Hillingdon

Rebecca Hembry – Plymouth City Council

Kirsty Wood – Kent County Council

Ross Young – Powys County Council


Nichola Mann, Service Manager – People & OD Brentwood Borough Council and Rochford District Councilmember of our Association.

Victoria Lee, Assistant Director of HR and Organisational Development, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Current Members include: 

Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Council

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Armagh City, Bambridge & Craigavon BC

Acivico Group

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils

Basildon Borough Council

Braintree District Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Belfast City Council

Birmingham City Council

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackpool Council

Bolton Council

Breckland District Council

Brentwood Borough Council

Bristol City Council

British Transport Police

Buckinghamshire Council

Bury Council

Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority

Castlepoint Borough Council

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Chelmsford City Council

City of Bradford

City of London Corporation

City of York Council

Colchester Borough Council

Cumberland Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Devon County Council

Doncaster Council

Dorset Council

Durham County Council

Ealing Council

East of England Local Government Association

East Sussex Council

Epping Forest District Council

Essex County Council

Fenland District Council

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Financial Ombudsman Service

Gateshead Council

Gedling Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Great Manchester Combined Authority (including Fire and Rescue) GMCA

Harlow Council

Halton Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

HM Land Registry

Kent County Council

Kingston & Sutton Councils

LABC (Local Authority Building Control)

Lancashire County Council

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Leeds City Council

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Local Government Association (LGA)

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Councils

Maldon District Council

Manchester City Council

Mid and East Antrim District Council

Mid Ulster District Council

New Forest District Council

National Audit Office

Newry, Mourne & Down DC

Norfolk County Council

North Yorkshire Council

North West Employers

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

Northumberland County Council

Oldham Council


Opus People Solutions

Oxfordshire County Council

Reigate & Banstead District Council

Rochford District Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Salford City Council

Sandwell Council

Sheffield City Council

Shropshire Council

SOLACE Enterprises

Somerset County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Southampton City Council

South Norfolk Council

St Albans City and District Council

St Helens Borough Council

Staffordshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Stockport County Council

Suffolk County Council

Swindon Borough Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Tendring District Council

The Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland

Thurrock Borough Council

Together for Children, Sunderland

Trafford Council

Transport for Greater Manchester TfGM

Trueman Change

Uttlesford District Council

Walsall Council

Warwickshire County Council

Wealden District Council

Westmorland and Furness

West of England Combined Authority

West Suffolk Council

West Sussex County Council

Westminster City Council

Wigan Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Worcestershire County Council