HR Star is all about identifying and showcasing the tremendous breadth and depth of emerging talent that we have in public services HR.

With a range of coaching and mentoring opportunities from industry leaders, you’ll have the chance to develop your confidence, network with the wider industry and unleash your full potential. Added to this, the winner will be given a non-voting seat on the PPMA Board for one year and the opportunity to guest blog on the PPMA’s website too. In short, it’s a great chance for you to kick start your career, with industry-wide recognition and support.

But don’t just take our word for it. Find out what HR Star is really like, from the people who’ve been there and done that:

  • "Since Rising Stars 2014, I feel that my potential is much better recognised by managers and colleagues, and I have been given many more opportunities to move roles within HR, gaining valuable experience. I'd recommend Rising Stars to colleagues as it will challenge you, enlighten you, and open doors for you if approached with enthusiasm."

    Adam Feather Wiltshire Council
  • "I took part in Rising Stars 2014 and not only loved being part of it, but gained a great deal in terms of developing my confidence and self-awareness. It was this improved confidence that I believe helped me to secure my current role. I've secured a wonderful role as HR Advisor at the beautiful Glyndebourne Opera House, and Rising Stars played a big part in that journey."

    Sam Heeley Glyndebourne Opera House
  • "I'd only just begun my career in HR when I entered Rising Stars 2014. I had little to no experience and was a big bundle of nerves or, should I say, excitement! Since Rising Stars finished I've remained within the HR team at East Sussex County Council, but my role has changed significantly. I value everything the experience brought me, from the skills learnt to the friendships made."

    Grace Schultz East Sussex County Council
  • "As a 37 year old who had worked in HR for some time, I had written myself off as a Rising Star - but the programme rekindled my career aspirations. I haven't looked back since. Rising Stars is the catalyst I needed, and I'd encourage anyone interested in both personal and professional development to take part."

    Craig Scriven Keir
  • "When I took part in the HR Rising Stars, I was fairly new to HR, working as an Assistant HR Advisor. Since taking part in the competition, I've gained several promotions at East Sussex County Council. This experience opened doors and changed people's perception of what I was capable of. It was also so much fun and was an amazing opportunity - I'm so thankful for it."

    Amy Newnham East Sussex County Council