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Giving Local People a Voice

Monday February 6 2017

Starting last week OPM Group delivered the first of six events on behalf of the team in South West London developing the area’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Along with 43 other partnerships across the country, the area is developing a five-year plan to ensure quality of care is maintained in the context of changing… Read More

New Appointment

Friday November 18 2016

From: Peter Holland OPM Group In conjunction with the announcement of Ms Khan’s departure OPM Group would also like to announce the appointment of Terry Parker as Interim Finance and Corporate Services Director.   Mr Parker has been a Finance and Corporate Services director in a range of public, private and third sector organisations. He’s… Read More

Announcement

Friday November 18 2016

From Peter Holland, CEO OPM Group. With regret, I would like to announce that Jameela Khan, OPM Group Finance and Corporate Services Director, will be leaving OPM Group on 20th November.   Jameela went part time in April to begin to develop her own business providing financial and management consultancy support to charities and third… Read More

Comment

Local authority leaders need to make radical change to our children’s and adult systems

Friday October 29 2010

A major strategic challenge in public services is redefining and renegotiating the relationships between individuals, communities and public services by replacing ‘doing unto’ with ‘doing with’, replacing ‘one-size-fits-all’ with individual budgets and personalisation and replacing  outmoded universal services with the co-production and support that friends, family and community can provide. Without a major shift in… Read More

What are the keys to success for free schools?

Tuesday October 26 2010

With the passing of the Academies Act in July, and the first 16 new free schools announced last month, attention has again focused on the coalition Government’s agenda for educational reform. OPM’s experience of community capacity building for the previous Government’s new schools competitions provides some important insights for this agenda that should not be… Read More

Should we beware the meritocracy?

Monday October 25 2010

Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding provoked much debate about whether young people from poorer backgrounds will now be deterred from going to university. The president of Oxford University’s Student Union said the report heralded ‘a dark day for meritocracy’. Meritocracy is a word that has become popular with politicians on all sides in… Read More