A new acronym has been born. The organisation formerly known as the Society of Personnel Officers in Government Services (Socpo) will now be known as the Public Sector People Managers' Association (PPMA). Mission statement: 'Putting people at the heart of public services.'
'As we approach our 30th anniversary we have changed our name to reflect our growing number of members across the whole public sector community,' announces PPMA president Angela O'Connor, also director of human resources at the Crown Prosecution Service, on the organisation's website. 'We are also becoming a limited company to enable us to provide a firm footing for our future development.'
'The new name is more encompassing for all members,' a PPMA spokesperson says.
Certainly, as members include HR staff from a range of organisations across public services, including health and police, there is some sense in this, though sceptics may wonder where the exclusivity lay in the old, familiar Socpo title.