PPL was co-founded by our managing partners Claire Kennedy and Simon Morioka in October 2007. You can read more of our story below…
PPL started life as an public sector team established to support the improvement and transformation of local government services in the early 2000s.
Our initial work involved supporting a number of individual service areas, including adults’ and children’s social care, education, housing, benefits and environmental services. We worked with local staff, managers and the people that relied on them in the local community to understand the priorities for improvement, and to try to change both the way in which the service was provided and outcomes for local people. Our work often involved applying new technologies, but more often than not, it was focussed on people, and how we could work together better.
As the work evolved we increasingly began working across boundaries - recognising that you couldn’t solve a problem in one area, without understanding the links to all the others.
This included how local government services worked with each other, how they worked with the health service and other partners, and how they worked with individuals, families and the places where they lived. We helped set up the first Local Strategic Partnerships which brought together different professionals, and set up the first Joint Service Centres which allowed GPs, Social Workers and other health and care professionals to begin to work together around the needs of their communities.
And we became involved in national work to support public sector colleagues around the country…
We worked with leading consultancies and with a range of government organisations as part of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s National Capacity Building Programme. We worked together to co-develop tools, approaches and to help build skills and confidence in areas such as organisational design, analysing and improving services, and applying digital technologies.
We recognised that there were many things we could apply from experiences across the UK and internationally, and across the private and public sectors, around how to improve performance and outcomes; but also that here are unique challenges to working in local public and voluntary & community sector organisations, which could not be ignored. This is a key part of our work that continues today.
In 2007 PPL was born as an independent organisation, separate from any one governmental body or geography, with a commitment to supporting health, wellbeing and economic success across the UK.
We had worked for and with a number of management consultancies. We recognised the value of good consulting, but we were concerned around the costs and availability of the right kind of support for the challenges the public sector and broader society were facing. And we wanted to create something that was different, the kind of place we would love to work, and a team which was genuinely co-creating social impact with like-minded individuals and clients.
We started with 2.5 people (Claire had just given birth to her first child!) and we have grown our work, our team and our impact ever since, as a Social Enterprise and as one of the leading Management Consultancies in the UK.