Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. David Connor on PPP in the NHSDavid Connor is a determined individual. In April, he completed the LondonMarathon, raising over £2,000 for the Cardiac Patients’ Society. He is alreadyplanning to conscript as many people as possible into running in next year’sevent. As head of HR and modernisation for NHS Estates Trading Fund, Connor is incharge of a five-strong team, based in Leeds. The organisation provides aconsultancy service to help implement the NHS Plan, and the immediate challengefor the HR team is to ensure a smooth transition into a public-privatepartnership in April 2002. It is the first time any agency of the Department ofHealth has done so. Connor’s role is a strategic one. “I’ve devised the HR modernisationbusiness plan for the trading fund which sets the agenda for the year and themain initiatives we have as we move towards PPP,” he says. Responsibilities include developing a working-in-partnership agreement withthe trade unions, overseeing a monthly staff survey, evaluating a diversityaction plan, and developing a strategy to reward and retain staff. “I want to push things back to ensure we can look at the marketplaceand see the best way to get the best people and keep them. If there’s one wordto describe what we’re doing, it’s flexibility.” Connor’s MA in HR at Huddersfield University is due for completion thisyear, and he spends his spare time cheering on Leeds United FC. CVJanuary 2001 to date Head of HR and modernisation, NHSE Trading Fund1999-2000 Senior HR advisor, NHS Estates1996-1999 Personnel manager, Community Trust1994-1996 Senior personnel officer, Community TrustOn the move…A Whitbread Restaurants HR director is the new chairwoman of the BritishHospitality Association Employment Committee. Angie Risley replaces Granada’sStephanie Monks. Risley says, “There are some real problems facing theindustry, not least the skills crisis. The committee aims to address the issueshead on, and we hope to create a better working environment for hospitalityemployees.” IPC Media has appointed its first recruitment manager. Debbie Pask willreport to the HR and services director, and will be responsible for providing arecruitment service across the business. She will oversee IPC’s recruitmentsuppliers, negotiate terms of business and manage recruitment advertising. Pasksays, “I am looking forward to working with all departments to ensure IPCemploys the best people in a time-efficient and cost-effective way.” Jill Bradley has become training manager at Recall Recruitment. She willcoordinate and manage staff learning, training and development. Her role willinclude formulating strategy and development plans as well as introducing newprocesses and systems. Recall hopes to achieve Investors in People status bythe end of the year. PeopleOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.