South West

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About the Region


The South West region consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as the Isles of Scilly. There are several major urban centres, it has the longest coastline of any English region and large parts of the region are rural.

The PPMA membership in the south-west reflects a range of public services and we have recently been joined by our first charity members. The PPMA in the south-west has a long-standing partnership with South West Councils and we hold joint events twice a year. More recently, the PPMA has developed a partnership with our health colleagues in HPMA and our events are open to each other.

Given the geographic distances in the south-west we are looking to offer webinars to save time and cost of travel. However, nothing beats the opportunity to meet face to face and to catch up with colleagues and we will continue to offer events. Details of our recent and upcoming events are shown below.

Local Issues Impacting the Region


We face many of the same issues as the rest of the regions, such as:

  • Promoting and maintaining the wellbeing, productivity and engagement of our workforces;
  • Collaboration across public service organisations to re-define and enhance services for our communities;
  • Transforming services through technology, digital and AI;
  • Cultural change, developing new skills and keeping the current workforce engaged and focused on improving lives for our residents.
  • Recruiting & retaining key roles as well as looking ahead to what will be required of our workforce in the future;
  • Managing the impact on our communities, services and workforce of reduced funding and constrained budgets.

Regional news / blog


20th June – South MOU Strategic Forum 

12th July –  Joint PPMA and SW Councils regional event

This was a fantastic event which included one of the keynote speakers from the national conference Maria Paviour as well as Dan Anticich from Clear Review, Kerry Nutley from Oracle and Andy Dolby from Capita. Each of the sessions was thought provoking, informative and entertaining with a bit of audience participation thrown in for good measure.

The presentations can be found here

The webinar mentioned in the presentation by Clear Review can be found here

The research mentioned in the presentation by Capita can be found here

9th September – South Region Digital Theme Event 

9th October – Joint PPMA and SW Councils Hackathon 

If you would like to put forward ideas or suggestions for content or future events, please contact Julie Biggs or Lorna Simpson

Julie Biggs – PPMA South West Regional Chair

Julie has been involved with PPMA for a number of years and took on the role of Regional Chair or the South West around three years ago having been the Deputy Regional Chair.

As a highly experienced HR Business Leader, Julie has led the full range of HR & OD service delivery including shared services with IBM. Alongside this, Julie has led several major transformation & change programmes across and within a wide range of organisations.

Julie is a certified and experienced Leadership & Transformation Coach, and has undertaken coaching at executive, individual and team level for over a decade in the areas of enhancing business and individual performance, senior leadership & executive development, team development, transformation, and improving relationships.

Julie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, an NLP Master Practitioner and a Generative Change Practitioner.

Lorna Simpson – PPMA South West Deputy Chair 

Lorna became involved with PPMA after taking part in our HR Rising Star 2018 programme, driven by a desire to ‘give something back’ having benefitted from what she considered to be a fantastic development opportunity.

In terms of the day job, Lorna has over 10 years’ local government experience gained across a range of HR roles from entry-level to that of senior manager, in England and Wales. She is currently the Employee Relations Business Partner at Herefordshire Council.

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South West Regional Chair

Julie Biggs

Email: [email protected]

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South West Regional Deputy Chair

Lorna Simpson

Email: [email protected]

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