Geoff Armstrong wins PPMA award for services to HR

Outgoing CIPD director-general Geoff Armstrong has been presented with the 2008 Public Sector People Manager’s Association (PPMA) award for outstanding contribution to people management.

Armstrong steps down from his post at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development next month after 16 years at the helm. He has been replaced by Jackie Orme in the new role of chief executive.

PPMA president Stephen Moir said: “The contribution that public sector HR professionals have to make to their organisations has been well served by Geoff Armstrong. He has been highly visible and raised the profile of the HR profession and the public sector members of the CIPD.”

Armstrong oversaw the successful merger of the two predecessor bodies, the Institute of Personnel Management and the Institute of Training & Development attaining chartered status for the profession and helping to increase CIPD membership levels to more than 130,000.

Armstrong said: “Enormous progress is being made across public, private and voluntary sectors in moving people issues to the top of the agenda for solid, measurable business reasons.”

Armstrong received his award at the PPMA’s annual conference in Brighton last night (30 April).

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