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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


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


Behaviour change, local government and the Big Society

Monday October 11 2010

At a recent OPM learning event about building the Big Society, a senior civil servant said that the role of government was to stand back and only step in to help when it was really necessary, specifically by stepping back from mandating and regulating but still providing support. People often assume that this Big Society… Read More

Building a thinking laboratory: a new kind of local partnership

Wednesday October 6 2010

As local public services face unprecedented challenges and a brand new organisational landscape, many are considering if their current approach to working together is fit for purpose. In this post OPM’s Sue Goss describes her experience of facilitating a new kind of local partnership: Worcestershire’s ‘thinking laboratory’, the Shenstone Group. October 2010 saw the first… Read More

National identity, integration and preventing violent extremism

Wednesday October 6 2010

In this post OPM associate fellow Sanah Sheikh explores the complex issue of why Muslim communities in England can often feel excluded from the ‘English’ national identity, and looks at examples of where the two have been successfully reconciled. I was talking to Geraint Evans, Community Resilience Manager at Newham Council, about the possible future… Read More