Dear PPMA colleagues and friends.

Incredibly we held our PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2018 last Friday!  After a very successful 2017 Awards process, we wanted to capitalise on the momentum that had created.

We met again at The Guardian with 2017 Award Winners, Sponsors, PPMA Board members, PPMA members and returning judges to take a look at what happened to our 2017 Award winners and look forward to 2018.  As you would expect, we are really excited to be starting this again and we’ll have a short video coming up at the end of this week.

In the meantime, there are a few things to share:

  • We have 14 categories this year, an increase of one on 2017 – we have added a new award for the ‘Best Creative Campaign’
  • We’ve aligned our Peer of the Year award cycle with our main Awards, although we judge this category differently as is it as integral part of our Penna: PPMA HRD Talent Programme
  • We are asking entrants for 2 categories – the President’s Award for Special Contribution and Public Sector HRD of the Year award to be sponsored by a PPMA Policy Board member.  You can email [email protected] for more information
  • Finally, we are introducing a £25 (plus VAT) charge for each entry in any category.

Our President, Caroline Nugent told us at the launch event that she had made a huge effort to ensure that our 2017 Winners were involved in supporting PPMA events since they won their awards.  She also said that it’s really important for our Award Winners to have an opportunity to contribute to PPMA after they have won awards. The opportunity to share why they won their awards is a great way to share great practice with colleagues and she hopes it will act as an incentive for other people to submit their work.

Karen Grave our VP, also strongly believes that it’s really important to share as much best practice as we can. There is some absolutely amazing HR & OD work going on across Public Service and the PPMA awards offer a great range of categories and one way to raise our profile as a profession, is to make sure that as many people as possible know about the work we do.

Once again, the Awards process is being hosted by The Guardian. PPMA is very grateful for the support of Stacey-Rebekka Karlsson and all her team.  And of course, we could not do this without our Award sponsors, judges and our entrants.  We’re looking forward to another great year.

You can find out all the information you need on our awards page.  Make sure you are familiar with the Awards timelines – the awards close on Friday 5th January 2018.  So, get cracking, we can’t wait to receive your entries.