The PPMA awards give us an opportunity to celebrate and share the fantastic work going on every day in your organisations.

Working in Public Service is increasingly demanding and challenging but the work of HR & OD colleagues ensures organisations succeed in delivering excellent services to all of our citizens which can also be highly rewarding.

The PPMA awards are an inspiring occasion for people to come together to share each others amazing achievements and take the time to applaud their hard work and the difference it has made.

Who can enter?

The PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2024, is open to ALL public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations, charities, private sector partners, individuals and academic institutions with a place of business, registered office or home address in the UK.

You can:

  • Enter into one or more Award Categories, but a separate entry form will be required for each entry
  • The work / project referred to in any Award Category submission, or some part of it, must have taken place between May 2022 and December 2023

You cannot:

  • Enter more than one award in the same category
  • Submit an entry on behalf of another organisation without their permission

Cost to enter?

FREE for PPMA Members 
Non-Members £100 + VAT (per submission to enter an award in any category)

This can be paid via the website by using the payment button in the top left of the page or by requesting an invoice via our Finance Manager Kim Mclnery: [email protected]

Why should you enter?

The awards are a national opportunity to have your organisation’s work recognised amongst supportive colleagues, the wider media and Public Service leaders, as well as Chief Executives and other highly influential people who have agreed to support the judging process.

Through sharing your work, you are also influencing good practice across the whole of Public Services, and a great development opportunity.


How do I submit an entry?

You must complete a submission form which can be downloaded below for each entry you want to submit and submit them by the closing date of Friday 26th January 2024 by 5.30pm to [email protected]

Entries submitted after the closing date will not be accepted. Submissions are limited to 1,200 words and a 1 page attachment of up to 5Mb. Entries exceeding this limit will not be accepted. More information about each of the categories and how to enter can be found below and by downloading the information booklet.

Click on each category below for a drop down detailing more information about that category

This award recognises the best creative concept for  a recruitment  campaign which has driven a successful outcome. This can be in print, digital, or events  etc, but should be representative of a whole campaign with  supporting evidence..

This award recognises the importance and impact of an innovative and inclusive approach to  recruitment and selection for candidates and the organisation.  This could relate to a specific recruitment campaign or reflect the overall approach used by the organisation.

This award recognises the importance and impact of employer branding for an organisation. Employer branding is not just about  skill shortages and organisations  having to compete for scarce skills and talented individuals. Entries will need to demonstrate how they have used an employer brand to help them compete effectively in the labour market, and drive employee loyalty through effective recruitment, engagement and retention practices.

Members of the HR/OD leadership team at any level, are a vital support for the chief executive, senior leadership and elected members, and to the efficient and effective running of the authority. This award recognises this important role and welcomes examples of strategic leadership above and beyond, ingenuity, results, values, motivational abilities and leadership in disruption as seen by citizens, partners, staff, politicians and peers.

This award recognises the public sector HR & OD team that has gone above and beyond the day to day work of HR & OD colleagues.  This team will be seen as a role model for excellent practice nationally.

This award provides an opportunity for public service organisations to share an OD programme which demonstrates improved services for customers and communities through a continuous cycle of improvement – from strategy, through to implementation, outcomes, evaluation and further change.

This award provides an excellent opportunity for public service organisations to shine a light on their achievements and demonstrate how  they have engaged and managed their workforces through major service transformation and delivered unique and improved services for customers and local communities, whilst at the same time providing a richer work experience for employees.

Entrants in this award will be able to show evidence of a health, safety and/or wellbeing initiative that has significantly impacted the engagement, commitment, health and wellbeing of the workforce through the adoption of creative and innovative interventions.

This award recognises the importance of effective and respectful partnerships with trade unions and employee groups across the public sector. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate how such meaningful partnerships can achieve sustained improvements for the workforce, the organisation and the communities we serve.

This award recognises the importance of learning and development and the contribution it  can make to  service delivery as well as enhancing the skills, experience and approach of individuals, teams and the wider workforce.

Skills shortages have been identified as a concern by all parts of the public sector as well as at the highest level of government, and the  exit from the EU means that more than ever before, organisations need to identify and develop their talent, enhancing internal mobility and capability.

This award recognises employers who are seeking to address this challenge by implementing a future-fit, evidence based and ethical talent management strategies to address current and future needs of their organisation.

This award is open to an organisation or a partnership presenting evidence of a diverse and inclusive culture that permeates the workforce and/or the broader local area.

The submission could demonstrate the organisation’s attempts to foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees, and members, and describe how this is helping to attract and retain talent.

It could include internal initiatives to promote a wide range of careers on the organisation to appeal to different people. The entry could alternatively focus more on the broader local area, highlighting initiatives to foster diversity and help facilitate inclusion across the local community.

It may include how your organisation has worked with other businesses and other organisations to improve opportunity or participation. It could look at engagement.

This award is open to two or more public sector or public / private sector bodies working together. As public services seek to provide more seamless, efficient and integrated service and systemic leadership they are increasingly working with other public sector bodies across traditional organisational boundaries. This award is open to partnerships centred around either the joint work of two or more public / private sector or around the joint work of several organisations collaborating together.

A significant aspect of any HR/OD team are the operational heroes who impact upon the lives of every employee of their organisations each and everyday These essential services make and break the reputations of any HR/OD service and we want to celebrate the best of the best! There are two awards in this category – one for a team and one for an individual.

A significant aspect of any HR/OD team are the operational heroes who impact upon the lives of every employee of their organisations each and everyday These essential services make and break the reputations of any HR/OD service and we want to celebrate the best of the best! There are two awards in this category – one for a team and one for an individual.

Awarded to the best overall winner, the winner of this award will be selected from all of the categories winners.

When are the winners announced?

Shortlisted entries will be notified individually and announced on our website and social media channels on Wednesday 21st February 2024. The awards evening dinner will be taking place on the evening of Thursday 25th April 2024 at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre.

The Excellence in People Management awards coincide with our Annual Conference #PPMAHR24 which is taking place from Wednesday 24th April – Friday 26th April 2024 at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, we have a wide range of ticket options for conference available with the awards dinner and drinks reception included in the ticket price. Attending the conference during the day and then enjoying the Awards in the evening could be an excellent option for you. By attending the conference, you can take advantage of the various sessions and networking opportunities that will broaden your knowledge and expertise. Followed by the Awards in the evening allowing you to balance your professional development, build valuable relationships with like-minded professionals, and celebrate the successes of your colleagues and industry while enjoying the glamorous evening. This approach can maximise your conference experience and leave you feeling fulfilled and inspired.



Awards Evening Theme 

As ever there will be set theme to this years awards evening dinner, which we will be announcing in the NEW YEAR. 

The evening also gives us an opportunity to raise money for some worthy causes with our charity raffle and we look forward to sharing the extremely generous prize donations from our sponsors and supporters with you closer to the event.

You can view the highlight video from last years sell our event below


See details of last years winners and finalists below