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What is the Public Sector People Managers Association?...
What is the Public Sector People Managers Association?

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 organisation's bullet-pointed aims are now: to raise the profile of the people management function in the public sector; to lead the development of and commitment to best people management practice; and to influence events through contact with local and central government organisations.

'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.

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