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Dean Shoesmith, executive head of HR at the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, will take over as President of the Public Sector People Managers' Association (PPMA) today.
The PPMA, which represents over 1,000 HR and Organisational Development professionals in the public sector, will officially announce the new presidency at their annual conference today. Shoesmith takes over from Gillian Hibberd, while Anne Gibson becomes the new vice president.
Dean Shoesmith says: "My year as President of the PPMA will focus on addressing the skills gap and on seeking out examples of the very best practice in the areas of training and development, particularly for those who don't possess basic literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. I believe there has never been a more important time to address the skills gap. If we donâ€™t win the skills race, we will fall back within the global economy, which will have considerable societal ramifications.
"There are swathes of working UK adults who have suffered educational disadvantage, through being by-passed by the education system. Then their personal isolation and exclusion has been compounded by organisational failure to address their development in the workplace" he adds.
In his role as executive head of HR at the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, Shoesmith is responsible for leading the shared human resources team across the two organisations and its 11,000 combined employees. Dean is well known for becoming the first shared service head of HR, in an intra-London Borough shared service partnership.
"It is certain that there will be difficult times ahead and the challenges for the public sector in the UK are unprecedented but there is also a great opportunity for HR to set a sterling example and drive this agenda forward. The impact of doing so will be incredible. On a personal level it will give people the chance to work their own way out of deprivation and on a business level, employers will be creating a sustainable and talented workforce pipeline," Shoesmith comments.