Hello PPMA members and friends

As your PPMA, President it is going to be a pleasure and honour to be able to build on the 40 year legacy defined by our founders of SOCPO.

I am passionate and proud to be involved in the PPMA and I look forward to leading debate and shaping the public services workforce agenda in 2015/16 and like predecessors, make my own unique contribution.

At our recent and successful PPMA annual seminar 2015 “Our past, Our present and Our future” We celebrated 40 years of PPMA and its predecessor SOCPO (Society of Chief Personnel Officers) looking back at the last 40 years and at what has influenced us all to the present day. You can see all of the speakers slides here.

This coming year we will be looking forward to the next 40 years of HR, People Management and Organisational Development, in the local, regional, central government arena in fact across all public services. We will recognise 40 years of progress, celebrate the achievements of members and partners, and look forward to equipping the workforce of the future.

Some would say that it’s been a journey of evolution for HR /OD as a profession and many would argue we have been reactors to circumstance and this has shaped our role and determined how we are perceived as either value adding business partners or still showing too many signs of our compliance, policy policing characteristics from the 1960’s when these issues seemed to dominate.

My challenging view has been Austerity has been good for the public sector – it has forced our organisations to think beyond incremental change and reinvent how they/we work

  • I believe that we in many areas across HR/OD in Public Services are leading creativity and innovation in business transformational change and introduction of different business delivery models.
  • I believe HR/OD have been given the opportunity to excel and change our offer and position ourselves in a leading role in our organisations
  • I believe many of you/us have grasped the challenge and are delivering high performance in challenging yet exciting times
  • I don’t think I would want to have missed this journey for anything and am hanging on this rollercoaster journey for some time yet!!!!
  • The landscape has changed so much and will continue to change? And we need to be at the leading edge of this change

The quality of public service provision sits at the heart of all our communities and I believe HR/OD and PPMA has a key role to play in helping our organisations deliver this. As President I am confident I can build on the legacy of the last 40 years and take us onto the next phase of our development.

I will not be doing any of this without huge ongoing support from the PPMA Principal officers, Board Members our sponsors and partners and all of you our members

If you attended the seminar, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback…to leave your views, just click on the comments box underneath the headline above –  many thanks


Barry Pirie

PPMA President