Hello PPMA Members and friends
Just to keep you up to date on what’s happening around the regions, we’ll be posting regular updates from events and meetings. Here’s a brief overview of a recent joint meeting that the Southern & South East and London regions held, on the topic of commerciality.
“It was a fascinating event with top class, thought provoking speakers. With many local government and other public sector organisations considering, developing and adopting new models of service provision and delivery, the theme of Commerciality and Skills for the current and future public sector workforce was very timely and topical.
We were pleased to welcome a range of great speakers, who provided a range of interesting and informative perspectives on their different approaches and experiences. These included:
Mike Gregson, Head of Commercial and Allison Davies, Senior HR Manager, both from Acivico Ltd, a company created by Birmingham City Council to offer a range of services to the council and other public and private sector organisations in construction and property related services including a complete building control service and facilities management.
Caroline Nugent, Director of HR & OD at OneSource, which is built on a successful partnership between two London boroughs – Havering and Newham. The two councils have brought together 22 back office services, with 1350 staff to achieve an estimated £40m in savings over the next five years – around 20% of their current back office.
Craig Cusack, Commercial Enterprise Lead at Warwickshire County Council, who have developed and have been utilising a new competency framework based around the commercial skills needed to operate within a traded service or more widely in an increasingly commercial public sector environment.
Although each speaker provided their own distinct insight into the issue of “commerciality”, a number of common themes and challenges emerged, including the importance of cultural change and the need to develop different attitudes, skills and behaviours.”
Details of each of their presentations can be found on our home regional pages.
Nigel Fairburn, Chair, Southern & South East Region & Steve Davies, Chair, London Region