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Strategies for Countering Female Disengagement

The trend of female disengagement is on the rise. Join Isabella Rooke-Ley and Katy Stewart as they discuss tips for creating a more inclusive workplace.

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Meet the team: Introducing Bruna Varante, a recent addition to Penna’s Executive Search business

We’re welcoming the arrival of Bruna to our team!

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Employer brands: why do they deserve your attention?

In a world where employer communications are more competitive than ever, how do you make your organisation stand out? Matt Johnson, Executive Creative Director at Penna, dives deep into the art of employer branding in his latest article.

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The Importance of Inclusivity in the Workplace

Reflecting on identity, honesty and the challenges of being openly LGBTQIA+, Ali Tasker explores the internal conflict of hiding one’s true self and the significance of inclusivity in the workplace.

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A Discussion with CIPFA Chief Executive, Rob Whiteman

Explore leadership and public sector finance with Rob Whiteman, as he shares invaluable insights from his successful career ahead of standing down from his current role.

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From Debate to Progress: Reflections on Queer rights and Political Activism in the UK

Reflecting on a pivotal debate in 2013, Thomas traces the journey of queer rights in the UK over the past eleven years. Dive deep into the role of government and local councils in fostering inclusivity, and the critical need for continued activism.

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Embracing Pansexuality: My Journey to Self-Acceptance and Pride

From navigating small-town prejudices to finding acceptance within the LGBTQ+ community, Zara shares the importance of being true to oneself. To celebrate PRIDE 2024, join us in celebrating diversity, fostering understanding, and empowering individuals to embrace their authentic identities.

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Shaping Tomorrow: HR & OD Insights and Reflections from the PPMA Conference

Dive into the dynamic world of Public Sector HR & OD, with insights gathered from the recent PPMA conference. Reflecting on key takeaways and envisioning for the future, our sector specialists Matthew Jones and Rachael Morris take a look at the transformative journey ahead.

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Mastering the Path to HR Leadership is no laughing matter!

Navigating the routes to the top HR job doesn’t need to be a circus. Watch the webinar now and ensuring you are primed and ready for centre-stage

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The Future of Job Applications: What Impact Will Generative AI Have?

In today's dynamic job market, the relationship between candidates and employers is undergoing a profound transformation. Are recent technological advancements leading to a decrease in candidate engagement, or is it time to rethink the traditional candidate journey?

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Navigating the Power of AI in Local Councils

Amin Aziz and Zeynep Livatyali-Esen, Senior Consultants at Penna share Insights from the recent ‘The Future of Intelligence in Local Government’ event at Brent Council

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The War for Leadership Talent

Are we winning the war or losing the battle? Toni Hall and Julie Towers, Directors at Penna Executive Recruitment share their experience.

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Attracting passive talent for in-demand skill sets in Local Government - what can you do differently?

Reflecting on his first three months at Penna, James Miller delves into the intricacies of talent acquisition, digital transformation, and financial constraints whilst navigating the ever-evolving job market.

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Meet the team: Introducing Jess, joining our team as Head of Comms Strategy

We’re welcoming the arrival of Jess to our Attraction and Communications team!

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The Persistent March Forward for Diversity and Inclusion

As we reflect on our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Alexis Curtis-Harris’ recent achievement, having been nominated at the British Diversity Awards, Sonia Tanda takes a look at the ongoing journey towards true inclusivity, and the collective effort needed to shape a more balanced world.

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The PPMA: supporting the people taking our public services into the future

A champion for great HR practices in the public sector, we discuss with Gordon McFarlane, the current President of the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA) his tenure, work, and experiences.

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Bridging the Gap: Solutions for Local Government's Recruitment Conundrums and Economic Development

With the allure of higher salaries and a faster pace in the contractor market shrinking the pool of qualified candidates, discover potential solutions for local governments to bridge the economic development skills gap and empower local economies

 

 

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Breaking Barriers: Championing Women in Local Government Tech

Other sectors are moving forward, but women remain underrepresented in senior tech roles within Local Government. Learn the importance of inclusion and diverse perspectives when creating a more equitable future.

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To the Moon and Beyond: Is Equality the Final Frontier for Women in the Workplace?

What would a world be like if women were truly equal? Explore the challenges and triumphs of women in the workplace, including the gender pay gap, workplace culture, and the impact of caregiving responsibilities.

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Motherhood, career, and the tightrope walk: Supporting women in Local Government

Juggling motherhood and a fulfilling career is a tightrope walk many women face. Explore the challenges women encounter in returning to work after maternity leave in Grace Killick’s article

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Meet the team: Congratulations Jon Dilling, on your recent promotion

Jon’s passion for providing great recruitment solutions is well known, and we’re celebrating his promotion to Head of Business Solutions in our Candidate Sourcing team

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Meet the team: Congratulations Catherine Bush on your recent promotion

We’re celebrating Catherine’s recent promotion to Consultant in our CIPFA Penna, Executive Interim team

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Place Making – The Talent Demand for Local Government

 

George Agyemang and Pete John, Lead Place Recruiters at Penna share their experience on the leadership talent market for Place, Regeneration and Growth.

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Navigating financial uncertainty: Chart a course with your HRD at the helm

HR and OD leaders play a vital role in driving positive transformation and addressing sector challenges. Find out how their expertise can provide stability during times of uncertainty.

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Penna Announces Shelter as Designated Charity for 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Penna has chosen Shelter as our charity for 2024. Discover more about the charity, and why we have chosen to support them in our 50th year.

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Reflections on an active year for the sector

As we start a new calendar year and the sector starts to speculate about the impact of the current economic conditions and forthcoming elections in the year ahead, Jon Dilling, Toni Hall, Dawar Hashmi and Julie Towers share their talent market insights as we head into 2024

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Employer Brands – What to aim for in 2024

Building an employer brand is no longer about settling on a position and staying there. Things move. The world changes. So, your brand has to change too. Discover what our team learned at the recent World Employer Branding Day conference.

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Looking Back: A Conversation with Gary Browning

A lot goes into keeping a business at the forefront of its industry. Adaptability. Innovation. Expertise. We take a trip down memory lane with Gary, who has been an incredibly vital part of Penna’s journey.

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Introducing our new Managing Director, Kathryn Kempster

As we mark five successful decades of delivering creative recruitment solutions to our clients, we welcome Kathryn as our new Managing Director.

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Adapting Your Recruitment Approach: Harnessing the Potential of the Passive Candidate

Struggling to attract candidates of the right calibre for key roles is a big issue in the current climate. Learn how to adapt your recruitment approach to harness the potential of passive candidates.

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Meet the team: Introducing James Miller, a recent addition to Penna’s Candidate Sourcing business

We’re welcoming the arrival of James to our team!

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How can HROD professionals navigate through the benefits and challenges of AI?

In a recent PPMA webinar, Penna’s Rachael Morris and London Borough of Hounslow and SOCITM’s Mark Lumley delved into the advantages and challenges of AI in the public sector.

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Spotlighting our crowned Rising Stars and Corporate Directors of the Year

Rachael Morris talks to some of the past winners of the Rising Star award and the Corporate Director of the Year award to understand what winning the award meant to them and their careers.

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Meet the team: John Kennedy, Penna’s Director of Sourcing.

We’re delighted John chose to join Penna.

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Are you prepared for the new Care Quality Commission inspections?

In light of the new CQC inspections coming into the Adult Social Care world, Penna sits down with two experienced Directors of Adults Social Care to talk all about their experiences with the CQC pilot.

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Discussing Recruitment and Retention in the Public Health Sector

Find out how your team can recruit and retain talent in the changing Public Sector landscape

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It’s time to update the disability storyline

In celebration of UK Disability History Month, our Head of EDI Alexis Curtis-Harris explores how we can reshape perceptions and make steps towards a more inclusive world

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Penna appoints Kathryn Kempster as Managing Director

We’re thrilled to announce that from January 1st 2024, Kathryn Kempster will be taking on the role of Managing Director of Penna.

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Meet Rachael Morris, who joined Penna this year as Senior Consultant in Executive Search

We’re welcoming the arrival of Rachael to our Executive Search team!

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Grace Killick: Reflecting on my first year in Interim and Local Government

After joining Penna’s Local Government Executive Interim team last year, Grace reflects on her experience getting to know the brand-new world of ‘recruitment’.

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How government can support local authorities in the retention of essential service delivery

With two-thirds of budgets going to social care, leaving essential services underfunded, local governments are facing many financial challenges. Read Karima’s recent MJ article to learn some of the ideas that councils can consider for combating the financial crisis

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Black Women in leadership: Their struggles and how to support them

Our own Camilla Alexander sat down with Bernadette Thompson OBE, Donna Fraser OBE and Sandra Pollock OBE, to discuss how to empower more Black women in leadership roles.

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Penna’s George Agyemang kicks off our Black History Month 2023 event

Our recent BHM event made a profound impact on all who attended, and was kicked off in style by George, who shared his own experiences with the important role models in his life.

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'Salute the Black Sisters': A Poem for Black History Month 2023

Listen to Sandra Pollock OBE’s emotional and thought-provoking self-penned poem, originally shared at our recent Black History Month event.

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Saluting our sisters and creating sustainable change

Camilla Alexander takes us through our recent Black History Month event, which included a remarkable lineup of guest speakers and left an indelible mark on all those in attendance

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Reclaiming the ‘Strong Black Woman’ narrative

Today, Black women are often celebrated for their incredible strength, and rightly so. Alexis Curtis Harris takes the opportunity to re-examine the narrative, and whether it creates more harm than good.

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Reflecting on diversity in local government leadership for Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, Dawar Hashmi's recent MJ article delves into its significance within local government leadership, emphasising the need for reflection, celebration, and, most critically, action.

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A conversation for National Care Leavers Week 2024

In honour of National Care Leavers Week, our Managing Director Julie Towers sat down with Tom to discuss the importance of the week, his personal experience of care, and how we can all do more.

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Black History Month 2023: Saluting our sisters

Five brilliant Black women we think you should know about. Our very own Content and Copy Writer Camilla Alexander shines a spotlight on just a few iconic Black Women who have inspired her.

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Standing out in the competitive Public Health market

As one of the most competitive markets in local government, many of our clients ask us how to attract more Public Health talent. Nick Raper, Penna’s Public Health lead shares tips and tricks to help your role stand out.

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Opening the Window to Local Government Careers

What makes a good Employee Value Proposition for the Local Government Officer of today? Watch the recent webinar hosted by our Senior Consultant Rachael Morris and the PPMA, and learn how the ‘window’ into organisations is more crucial than ever.

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Addressing the Great Local Government Recruitment Crisis

The recently published LGA Local Government Workforce Survey showed more than nine out of ten local authorities are experiencing staff recruitment and retention issues. Find out how Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council, Stephen Young and Penna’s Senior Consultant Executive Interim, George Agyemang are tackling the situation.

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Resilience, community, and great-tasting kebabs.

Growing up in the 1970’s in the UK as a British Asian was a very interesting time. On the one hand, I was proud of my heritage, but on the other, I also wanted to conform and fit in. How do you find the balance between the two?

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How websites can be both visually stunning and accessible to all

While some third-party plugins and tools may not be compatible with accessibility guidelines, this shouldn’t deter website developers. Discover which inventive and innovative approaches can be adopted when creating an accessible website.

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Good Interim Managers Provide Immediate Stability

As the talent pool continues to dwindle, recruitment is becoming more challenging. Can hiring good interim talent with clearly defined deliverables be the answer? Find out more by reading Matt Jones’ recent MJ article.

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Scratching the surface: learning about South Asian heritage and becoming aware of our own ignorance

After watching a great conversation between two of my Penna colleagues discussing South Asian heritage month, I was struck by my own ignorance and wanted to find out more. Here are some of the things I learned.

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The Government’s Review of Public Sector Productivity Comes With Risks

As concerns about productivity challenges in the private and public sectors grow, will the government’s proposed review and crackdown on equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and jobs effectively tackle the issues?

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Celebrating Excellence at the 2023 MJ Awards

Penna was proud to sponsor two awards at the recent MJ Awards, with our very own Dawar Hashmi and Ben Cox leading the judging panels for Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team of the Year. Dawar reflected on the experience in a recent article published in the MJ – read the full article now.

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Rewriting the Narrative: Deon Pillay talks with Penna and Stafford-Long

As I sit down with the LGBTQ+ advocate and campaigner Deon Pillay for Penna and Stafford-Long's Pride Talk on Zoom, I wonder what he will say about Pride. Will he pat us all on the back and reward our rainbow lanyards with some feel good platitudes about inclusion and feeling proud?

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The Rise of the 'Great Unretirement' Movement

With world’s rapidly changing job market, has the idea of retirement become overrated? Penna’s Strategy Director, Tristan Moakes, and Head of EDI, Alexis Curtis-Harris recently led a session with the PPMA discussing how these trends might affect how we think about retirement.

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Why saying sexual orientation ‘doesn’t matter’ doesn’t help

In honour of Pride, Zeynep Livatyali-Esen (Associate Consultant, Local Government) details her own experiences with bi-erasure, coming out and having the bravery to 'externalise the eye-rolls'.

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Inclusive Leadership - Creating a space that allows everyone the opportunity to flourish

Penna’s Claire MacLeod (Senior Consultant, Enterprise) had the privilege of attending this year’s UHR conference. Covering a wide range of topics, Claire shares with us the main takeaways from the day, including a focus on recruitment and retention, inclusive leadership, and the positive impact of mentoring.

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Penna Presents: Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces – the blockers and the solutions

The integration of diverse and inclusive spaces within the workplace has become increasingly important in recent years. Amin Aziz and Sapna Sharma recently hosted a webinar to address the barriers preventing inclusive practices within organisations and discuss actionable steps to rectify the situation.

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Talking about all things recruitment and retention at the AHUA 2023 Conference

Penna’s Claire MacLeod recently had the privilege of leading a workshop at the 2023 AHUA conference. Find out more about her experience and how your institute can attract in-demand talent.

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The case of never retiring

With job vacancies in the UK still at over 1 mill, could the retired 50-64 age group provide the answer? Find out how the changing attitude towards retirement may help to combat the current talent shortages. Read Tristan's full article now

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The 10 “P’s” of Local Government at the District Councils Network Staff Development Programme

Policy, Purpose, Politics. These are just three of the P’s that Julie recommended Local Government focus on when she spoke at the DCN Staff Development Programme...

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Tackling the Monitoring Officer Talent Challenge Webinar

As the war for talent rages on, join us as we talk to leading market experts..

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Improving the recruitment and retention of quality social workers

We know how challenging recruiting and retaining social workers is, and how vital their work is.

Here at Penna, we want to help, not just in Social Work Week...

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Employer branding: finding a way through the jungle

Any Employer Value Proposition – particularly in this climate – needs to be forward-looking. But what does the future hold for EVPs themselves?...

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8 key ingredients for becoming more candidate-centric

The recruiting world has changed over the last few years, and it really is a job seekers market now. So, employers really have to think about what jobseekers want to see in order to attract the right talent.

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023

To celebrate Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023, we sat down with our recent work experience placement, Dylan Conti, to talk about neurodiversity in the workplace.

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What I learnt at the 2023 District Councils’ Network Conference

It's always a pleasure to attend the District Councils’ Network (DCN) conference as it's a great opportunity to hear what's going on in the work of district councils...

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Is your recruitment process set up for menopausal candidates?

Imagine this: You’ve just landed an interview for your dream role. You’ve got the passion, skills and experience. But midway through answering a question, your mind goes blank…

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Penna appointed to support with the recruitment of a new Chief Executive for BOB Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Change lives – through your leadership.

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Helping me help the sector

Zeynep Esen of Penna talks about the value of shadowing a local authority Director for a day.

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Recruiting from the Private Sector to the Public Sector: Transferable skills and how to get the right fit

We’re joined by leading industry figures as they address the shrinking candidate pool and how local government can look beyond its own industry to find undiscovered talent.

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Older workers – the often-forgotten group discriminated against and how to address it

Huge efforts have taken place in recent years to minimise discrimination in society and the workplace. These advances across...

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Virtual Reality and EDI; Where modern technology meets inclusion

It seems like every second of every year a new technology is being rolled out into the world, and as we get our heads around...

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Social Mobility in Government and Employment

Julie Towers of Penna chairs a webinar and asks….What’s changing and how can we do more?

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Penna appointed to the Crown Commercial Services Executive Search Framework

Penna is delighted to announce its recent appointment as an approved supplier of executive recruitment services on...

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Our Diversity in the Public Sector Event - Time for Change

Black History Month 2022’s theme is ‘Time for Change: Action, not Words’. So, we were delighted to have partnered with...

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What has changed since George Floyd’s murder?

Hearing from so many passionate industry leaders at our recent ‘Diversity in the Public Sector...

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A fireside chat

Our recent ‘Diversity in the Public Sector – What has changed since the death of George Floyd’...

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Learnings from the Public Sector: Tackling inequalities and injustice in Camden and beyond

Penna was proud to present ‘Diversity in the Public Sector – What has changed since the death of George Floyd’...

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Diversity In the Public Sector

This excerpt from our Black History Month Event around Diversity in the Public sector needs little introduction...

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Diversity, Leadership and Change

To kick off our Black History Month Event around Diversity in the Public Sector, our very own Dawar Hashmi opened up...

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World Mental Health Day and Loneliness

World Mental Health Day allows us all an opportunity to pause and think about ourselves and how we are feeling

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Celebrating Black History Month 2022 – Take a look at our mural created by local artist Tinuke Fagborun!

We are so proud to showcase Tinuke’s amazing work in our office. Penna’s ‘Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion’, Alexis Curtis-Harris, sits down to find out more about the artist and the painting!

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A conversation with the 2022 MJ Senior Leadership Team of the Year award winners, Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council

Penna proudly presented The MJ Senior Leadership Team Award at 2022’s ceremony to Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council. We caught up with their Deputy Chief Executive, Chris Sinnott, and Chief Executive, Gary Hall, to talk about how they united two district authorities, created change in their local communities, and about what they think won them the award.

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Volunteers' Week 2022 - A time to say thanks, Penna

Volunteers’ Week ran 1-7 June and is an annual event that has completed its 38th year. The annual event is a chance to recognize the contribution volunteers make and to say thank you to everyone involved. Here at Penna, not only do we provide all our employees with a Volunteering Day every year, but we also encourage additional volunteering schemes.

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#BreakTheBias, celebrating International Women’s Day at Penna and Stafford Long

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. At Penna and Stafford Long we wished to share our support by exploring perspectives from people across our business, to understand how they challenge bias and elevate the visibility of women in their work as trusted recruitment advisors. From our Managing Directors to those just starting out in their careers, we asked our employees “how do you pledge to break biases towards women in your work at Penna and Stafford Long?”

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Dawar Hashmi joins Penna as Director in our Executive Search Business

Penna is delighted to announce that in February, Dawar Hashmi will be joining us as a Director in our Executive Search business. Find out more about his new role, and ambitions for local government executive recruitment. 

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A Day in the Life of a Finance Interim - John Betts speaks to CIPFA-Penna's Jonathan Sheppard

Our Senior Consultant with CIPFA-Penna, Jonathon Sheppard, caught up with John Betts to talk through what an average day looks like as a busy Finance interim.

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Caring for Care Leavers: Have you signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant’s Employer Friendly Charter?

Penna is proud to be a signatory to the new Care Leavers’ Employer Friendly Charter, the launch of which took place on Thursday, 28 October 2021. Julie Towers, our Managing Director and member of the CLC Business Council, spoke about her commitment to the principles of the charter and her hope for a better future for care leavers. Read on to find out more and sign up to the charter!

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition - a discussion with Louise Darkwah, Leah James and Alexis Curtis-Harris

Today is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and some of our Penna family members - Louise Darkwah, Leah James and Alexis Curtis-Harris - joined our Penna Podcast to have an open and honest discussion around the ongoing impact of the slave trade on Black communities.

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An interview with Robert Gordon University's Senior Marketing Manager Sarah Gilmour by Penna Education's Andy Collins

From TikTok to the trends making students tick, Robert Gordon University have produced some seriously innovative marketing of late. On this episode of Penna Podcasts our Education Client Manager, Andy Collins, had a virtual coffee with RGU's Senior Marketing Manager, Sarah Gilmour, to find out what's on their marketing horizon during the Clearing period.

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Early Careers Month: The thoughts and reflections of those at the beginning of their career journey Pt 2

At Penna, we don't just celebrate young people – we welcome early careers talent into our family. And so, for early careers month, we speak to Louise Darkwah, our new Diversity and Inclusion Delivery Manager.

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Three things I learnt in my first month as a copywriter at Penna – following Jane Jardine

When clients ask us, “What’s your best asset?” we tell them, it’s our people. At Penna, we call ourselves a family because we support, celebrate, accept and value everyone. So you can imagine our adulation when we heard from our newest Family member, Copywriter, Jane Jardine, with three things she’s learnt in just one month, working with us. Here are Jane’s insights, in her own words.

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Penna are celebrating International Youth Day

We're celebrating International Youth Day at Penna, which this year takes the theme of ‘Transforming food systems. Youth innovation for human and planetary health'. We asked some of our family 'What’s one thing you’re doing to protect the planet for the youth of tomorrow?'. Here’s what they said.

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Early Careers Month: The thoughts and reflections of those at the beginning of their career journey

For early careers month, our D&I Lead, Alexis Curtis-Harris speaks to two Penna family members just starting their careers; Jessika Dawar (Research Assistant: Marketing and Bids) and Leah James (Marketing Intern).

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Aspirational assessment processes - an interview with Head of Assessment Ann Hartley, by Penna's Sue Atkinson

On this episode of Penna's podcast, we're exploring the all-things assessment and selection. Assessment is a vital step in securing candidates, from Chief Executives to Graduates. Our in-house Business Psychologist and Head of Assessment Ann Hartley takes us through the possibilities provided by virtual assessment centres.

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Thank you to our interims: Penna's placement in the 2021 IIM Survey

Thank you to every interim who took time to share their insights in the 2021 IIM Survey. Read the reflections from the Penna team here. 

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An expert look at Student Marketing - an interview with the University of Bradford's Associate Director for Advertising, Marketing & Student Insight Ailie Ferrari and Penna's Jane Johns

In this edition of Penna Podcasts we look at the career of one of the most respected marketing minds in higher education; Ailie Ferrari. Penna's Head of Education, Jane Johns, talks to Ailie about the shifts in student attraction she's seen through her career, her ambitions for her new role with the University of Bradford and more.

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Attracting top talent with virtual events - an interview with Lara Dawson and Emma Cremnitz

This week on Penna's podcast, we take a deep dive into the wonderful world of virtual events. Penna's experts Lara Dawson and Emma Cremnitz offer their take on creating an amazing virtual experience; from tackling video call fatigue to gamification and cutting edge platforms.

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Onboarding virtually: now and in the future

Working remotely now for a lot of us isn’t a new thing. But one aspect that does feel a little unfamiliar is onboarding. The whole process is completely remote, so how should onboarding be done and how can new employees be made to feel comfortable when they haven’t met you in person?

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Andrew Tromans joins Penna’s Executive Search team, to focus on social care

Penna are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Tromans to our Executive Search Practice.

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Discussing D&I - an interview with D&I expert Alexis Curtis-Harris by Penna's Sue Atkinson

To mark Black Inclusion Week our Commercial Director, Sue Atkinson, sat down with Penna's in-house diversity and inclusion expert Alexis Curtis-Harris. Alexis has worked on award-winning projects for clients including Bank of England and has transformed the way we approach our own D&I journey at Penna.

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An interview with Educations' Account Director Sarah Messenger by Penna Education's Oona Venermo

On this episode of Penna Podcasts we're joined by Educations Media Group Account Director Sarah Messenger. Through the global platform educations.com Sarah supports universities with their international student recruitment.

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An interview with Liverpool John Moores University's Outreach Team Project Officer Hannah Williams by Penna Education's Lucy Harmsworth

This episode on Penna Podcasts we're discussing the actions universities should take to reach and engage parents and carers in the student marketing mix. Parents and carers are important stakeholders and must be considered as a key voice in university selection.

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An interview with UA92's Head of Marketing Stacey Anderson by Penna Education's Jack Thorogood

UA92 is a game-changing educational experience designed to unlock greatness, from the Class of 92 and Lancaster University. In our first episode, Penna Education's Senior Client Manager Jack Thorogood talks to them about the journey of the university, from a basement in Old Trafford five years ago, to the unique education experience they offer to students today.

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Trailer: Introducing Penna Podcasts

Penna's Commercial Director Sue Atkinson introduces Penna's new podcast series. Subscribe for up-to-the-minute insights on all things people and talent. Plus exclusive interviews of leading lights in our networks of CEOs, HRDs, D&I leads and more.

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Mental Health for Interim Managers: staying resilient when the going gets tough

Toni Hall, Director of Public Sector Executive Interim, looks at the practicalities of managing your mental wellbeing as an Interim manager.

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A view on mental health in the public sector

At Penna we’re privileged to work with front-line staff from social care, to the NHS, higher education, to the emergency services

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A Day in the Life of a Leader in Local Government - following Matt Prosser, Dorset Council's Chief Executive

Our Director of Public Sector Executive search, Ben Cox, caught up with Matt Prosser to talk through what an average day looks like as a busy Chief Executive of a large unitary authority.

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Engaging and enabling early talent virtually

This National Apprenticeship Week, Penna celebrates student talent in a new partnership with MyKindaFuture.

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Making the jump to Consultant – following Zeynep Livatyali-Esen in her appointment to Executive Interim Consultant in Local Government at Penna

A lot can change in 2 years and it certainly did for Penna Consultant and Executive Interim specialist, Zeynep Livatyali-Esen

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Higher Education - Capitalising on management talent from other sectors

How can the Higher Education sector capitalise on transferable skills when recruiting? Jon Dilling, Penna’s Sourcing Lead, looks at the options available to HR colleagues in HE.

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A Day in the Life of an Executive Recruiter - following Ben Cox, Penna's Director of Public Sector Executive Search

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A changing landscape in public sector recruitment

Our Sourcing Lead Jon Dilling reflects on the last year, offering his insight and top tips for HR professionals recruiting in the public sector in 2021.

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CIPFA-Penna go North

Two new recruits join the CIPFA-Penna Practice this September as part of Penna’s team expansion in the north of England...

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A Defining Moment for Local Government: A New Normal

There is no mistaking that this is a defining moment for local government; the COVID-19 crisis will change the way Councils...

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The response to COVID-19 – a regional view

Much of the coverage of the COVID-19 response has focused on the capital. But organisations outside London are...

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Be mindful of your managers, they are the glue in the middle of your organisation

Jon Dilling looks at trends and future predictions for the changing role of middle managers. Those at delivery level have...

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What makes your business tick? Let’s ask HR

Organisations are investing significant time in “re-imaging and re-thinking” many aspects of the #futureofwork.

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Class of '21 Part 3: Upping the energy in your online graduate recruitment journey

Class of ’21 are a unique breed of candidates, shaped by their experiences of the digital world and COVID-19’s career and academic curtailing influence...

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Class of '21 Part 2: Making a splash on social and victory in virtual careers fairs

In part 1 of our Class of ’21 series, we looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the Class of ‘21 and their university experience...

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Big Announcement! Helen Alwell and Josh Bembridge Are Our New Senior Consultants

Penna are delighted to announce that Helen Alwell and Josh Bembridge have been promoted to the position of Senior Consultants. They have been delivering a high-quality service to both candidates as well as clients, and the entire team at Penna joins in congratulating them!

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