Hello members and friends

Since Anne took the presidential reigns, there have been a number of developments in the PPMA and two of them I mention here.

One, is the expansion of the Networks to include Deputy Leads and I’m very pleased to say that the Deputy Lead for the Leadership and OD Network was competitively fought over, showing just how much talent we have in our Membership and how much interest there is in leadership and in OD. As a result of this, I am equally pleased to announce that Kerry Furness from Norfolk County Council has taken up the role and is already well ensconced in it. (Network Members beware!)

Although I’m not totally burnt out yet (I only look it some might say!), Kerry will bring to the Network new energy and drive and we collectively want to re-invigorate the Network which we see to be critical at this time of unprecedented change in public services. So, if you’re interested in Leadership and/or in OD and not already a Network Member then contact Kerry at [email protected] to become one. And for those members who are already in the Network, Kerry will be in touch shortly.  Our aim is simple, which is to maximise the PPMA offering to our Members and to public services at a time when we need it most.

This brings me on to the second thing I wanted to mention which is our very recent collaboration with GatenbySanderson. The PPMA and GatenbySanderson are now working together to undertake a research project on chief executives across the public service to ascertain the qualities required of them before this recession, those required right now and the qualities likely to be required over the next few years. The data gathered through this exercise will be invaluable for those chief executives currently in role as well as those aspiring to become the chief executives of the future. Further, it will be very useful to us in HR who will be involved in role and profile design and because of the often special relationship we have with CEOs, in helping us to develop ourselves to better support them in the future.

This research project will gain its data from existing CEOs from across public services and from other stakeholders. One important stakeholder is the HRD and this is where our Members come in. This is a real opportunity for HRD PPMA Members to provide opinion and have a clear voice in helping to shape the CEO role across public services and I urge you to make use of your voice when the opportunity comes.

The findings from this important research will be presented at PPMA’s Annual Seminar in April 2012. Look out for further details on the website soon. Be there to ensure you are on the front foot and are informed before your CEO is!

Richard Crouch