Following a fantastic two days of competition in Leeds on the 8th and 9th February, we’re delighted to announce that the PPMA HR Rising Star 2018 Winner is:

Lisa Rathbone from Swindon Borough Council

We have been thrilled with the response we have received to this year’s search for future HR leaders in the public sector. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application and in particular to our excellent finalists below.

Dorothy Coleman: oneSource

Jessica Dolphin: Leeds City Council

Aruj Haider: Westminster City Council

Charlotte Hill: oneSource

Keeley Metcalfe: North Yorkshire County Council

Lisa Rathbone: Swindon Borough Council

Katie Rixon: Hertfordshire County Counci

Loran Simpson – Powys County Council

This year, in recognition of the outstanding range of talent we discovered in our search, we have introduced a new event called ‘The One to Watch’. This was held at the same time and location as HR Rising Star. The event specifically focused on junior HR professionals who have been identified by their organisation as someone to watch for the future.

We’re delighted to announce that the very first winner of this new award is:

Matthew Burrows, HR Support Assistant, Serco Local & Regional Government, Lincoln

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We are a collective voice for a highly qualified, passionate, committed and diverse public services HR and OD community. We play a critical role in influencing key decision-makers and stakeholders involved in people management and workforce issues.


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As such, the needs of our members comes first together with our sponsors and other partners, we work to develop offerings that ensure that our membership offering remains fit for purpose and offers great value for money.


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