Dame Denise Platt to urge public sector organisations not to neglect frontline staff


Dame Denise Platt – a leading figure in public services – will be sharing her experiences of merging and closing down a public body at a CIPFA Recruitment Services’ event on 29 June 2011.

CIPFA Recruitment Services are holding the event to explore strategies for maintaining staff morale and motivation whilst public service organisations undergo large scale redundancies and in some cases, are wound down. Journalists are welcome to attend.

Dame Denise Platt will say:

‘At times of reform and change, as well as focusing on the needs of the people who rely on public services it is important not to neglect those frontline staff who will continue to deliver services in changed or reduced circumstances. Time spent supporting and motivating staff is essential if an organisation is to emerge in the best possible shape for the future’.

Other speakers include:

  • Valerie Tomlin, Executive and Transition Coach at Valerie Tomlin & Associates Ltd
  • Debbie Moore, Head of Human Resources at the General Social Care Council
  • Anne Gibson, President of the Public Sector People Managers' Association and Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Norfolk County Council


Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 5645/5787
e lindsay.machin@cipfa.org.uk / chloe.forbes@cipfa.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. Event details:

Title - Engagement: Maintaining the morale and motivation of the people who work for us

Time - Wednesday 29 June 2011: 17.00

Refreshments will be served from 17.00 with the discussion starting at 17.30 and further refreshments from 19.00.

The event will be held at CIPFA Offices, 3 Robert Street, London, WC2N 6RL. It is an invitation only event.

2. Speakers:

Dame Denise Platt

Speaking on: Experiences in closing organisations from the Chair perspective

Dame Denise has wide ranging interests in the voluntary and public sectors and has held a variety of posts both nationally and locally, in local government and social care. She is a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. She was Chair of the Local Innovation Awards Scheme and a member of the Audit Commission and also Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

She currently holds voluntary positions as the Chair of NAT (National AIDS Trust); is a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC); a Trustee of the Adventure Capital Fund; a Governor of the University of Bedfordshire; a member of the Advisory Board of the School for Social Care Research at the National Institute of Health Research and a member of the Independent Review Board of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services.

She was a specialist adviser for the Education Select Committee inquiry into the Role and Remit of OfSTED (2011). She has recently been appointed as a Trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation.

Debbie Moore

Speaking on: Retention in a closing organisation: alternatives to the 'do nothing' option

Debbie is providing the General Social Care Council with experienced HR leadership during a critical transition phase, including implementing a people strategy to retain and motivate staff and support business continuity to the point of transfer of functions and closure of the organisation.

Debbie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years HRM experience in the public, not for profit and private sectors in a variety of services, including health, regulation, young person’s charities, and leisure and hotels. She provides strategic expertise and "hands-on" experience on a range of HR issues from handling major change including organisational design and development, managing redundancy, TUPE transfers, mergers and acquisitions. In addition Debbie has extensive experience in learning and development including one to one Coaching and Mentoring.

She has recently completed a MSc in Coaching and Mentoring with a thesis Holistic Coaching and Mentoring; from this she is now publishing two further articles. Debbie served as a mentor with the Prince’s Trust and is also active in providing pro-bono coaching to support individuals and business development within charities and the third sector.

Anne Gibson

Speaking on: The role of Leadership in successful engagement

Anne is President of the PPMA (Public Sector People Managers' Association), and was PPMA Regional Chair (East of England) from 2006 to 2010. She is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Anne joined Norfolk County Council in 2002 and is Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development. The Council's 27,000 staff serve a population of 850,000. Norfolk is a high performing Council recognised as delivering good value for money by residents and with sustained good levels of customer satisfaction and high levels of staff engagement.

Valerie Tomlin

Speaking on: Transition with dignity

Valerie is an executive and transition coach at Valerie Tomlin & Associates Ltd. Valerie works with clients to build organisation capability. The ethos behind her work with business leaders is always to optimise individual’s performance, increase confidence and self-awareness

This has been developed whilst managing business relationships in complex, international, cross cultural business environments in Asia Pacific, US and Europe for large, complex, virtual organisations in the pharmaceutical, oil and the insurance industry.

Valerie spent 11 years at Glaxo Smith Kline, health care business, where 60% of her business consultancy projects focused on ‘change management’. Prior to her career in GSK, Valerie worked for many years in Shell and Royal Sun Alliance.

More recently she held an interim manager role focusing on talent management. Her consultancy assignments include Wellbeing Programme for BT, Coaching managers on Arts Council – Cultural Leadership Programme and working on a Consultancy Skills Programme – PWC.

Valerie’s strengths are executive and transition coaching, developing effective teams, leadership development, and driving change across multifunctional disciplines.

3. About CIPFA

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.