County Council HR Director crowned in prestigious public sector awards

Sarah Murphy-Brookman, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, received an accolade at this year’s Excellence in People Management Awards in honour of her impressive achievements after just one year in her role.

The title of ‘Public Sector Human Resources Director of the Year’ was awarded to Sarah at the annual ceremony held by the Public Sector People Managers Association (PPMA). The awards recognise those that are at the cutting edge of putting ‘people at the heart of an organisation’s agenda’

In presenting the award to Sarah, the PPMA said:

“An inspiring Public Sector Human Resources Director of the Year is one who is courageous, empathetic, collaborative, intellectual, agile, inspires trust and confidence and has the expertise to understand the impact that effective human resources and organisational development has on their organisation.”

“Confidently and consistently demonstrating even a number of these characteristics is a huge achievement; but in Sarah our judges found a compelling case that she is a powerful role model of all these characteristics not only in her own organisation but for public services more broadly.”

The nomination for the award was submitted by Sarah’s team, highlighting her professionalism, passion and leadership during such a crucial period of local authority changes in the county.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Resources John Chilver added: “I’d like to congratulate Sarah on receiving this prestigious award which highlights her diligence in putting people at the centre of her work.”

“As we work to bring together five councils in Buckinghamshire to form one new unitary council, it’s great that we have role models like Sarah to make sure staff are at the very centre of our journey.”