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Corporate Responsibility at OPM Group: our Commitment to Communities

Friday June 30 2017

At OPM Group, our Corporate Responsibility work engages with 4 main areas: Our business-based social purpose Our neighbours & local communities Environmental sustainability Employee engagement and organisational diversity We believe that for corporate responsibility work to benefit communities, it needs to be ongoing, community-driven, and transparent. As a Living Wage Employer whose social purpose is… Read More

OPM Group is part of an exciting three year project to develop connected driverless vehicles in the UK for an ageing society

Tuesday June 6 2017

FLOURISH is a three year government funded project which aims to advance the successful implementation of connected driverless vehicles in the UK. The project is worth 5.5 million and is being delivered by a multi-sector consortium.   It is anticipated that older adults with ageing-related impairments and people with mobility needs will be particular beneficiaries… Read More

Social Impact Bonds and their implications for service providers

Friday May 12 2017

During my recent visit to Japan, I heard about the early steps taken in the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. I was struck by how radical the idea of outcomes-based commissioning and delivery is in Japan. The current interest in SIBs in Japan can be seen as an attempt to refocus public services… Read More


25th anniversary guest blog series: Public and private sectors must learn from each other post General Election

Monday January 5 2015

As we approach the General Election and (closer to home) my retirement, I am regularly being asked what the future may hold for public services. Most obviously, whatever is the political make-up of the new Government, the need to reduce the deficit will remain.  In round numbers, this has to be brought down by £100… Read More

Does digital still have the potential to change local participation?

Thursday December 18 2014

  As soon as our scene setter Dr Andy Williamson challenged his fellow panelists to think about whether digital has lived up to the potential he saw, over a decade ago, for it to radically change local participation, it was clear that the promise still exists and remains unfulfilled. Speaking at the Kai Rudat Memorial Breakfast… Read More

Plays as communication in dialogues

Thursday December 18 2014

We all have our signature pieces for dialogues, our go-to techniques which we know will help stimulate debate or communicate information to participants. Plays in dialogues have become mine. There are many ways that plays can be used in dialogues, with a range of methods to help stimulate debate and act out roles. In this… Read More