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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition - a discussion with Louise Darkwah, Leah James and Alexis Curtis-Harris

Today is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and some of our Penna family members - Louise Darkwah, Leah James and Alexis Curtis-Harris - joined our Penna Podcast to have an open and honest discussion around the ongoing impact of the slave trade on Black communities.

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An interview with Robert Gordon University's Senior Marketing Manager Sarah Gilmour by Penna Education's Andy Collins

From TikTok to the trends making students tick, Robert Gordon University have produced some seriously innovative marketing of late. On this episode of Penna Podcasts our Education Client Manager, Andy Collins, had a virtual coffee with RGU's Senior Marketing Manager, Sarah Gilmour, to find out what's on their marketing horizon during the Clearing period.

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Early Careers Month: The thoughts and reflections of those at the beginning of their career journey Pt 2

At Penna, we don't just celebrate young people – we welcome early careers talent into our family. And so, for early careers month, we speak to Louise Darkwah, our new Diversity and Inclusion Delivery Manager.

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Three things I learnt in my first month as a copywriter at Penna – following Jane Jardine

When clients ask us, “What’s your best asset?” we tell them, it’s our people. At Penna, we call ourselves a family because we support, celebrate, accept and value everyone. So you can imagine our adulation when we heard from our newest Family member, Copywriter, Jane Jardine, with three things she’s learnt in just one month, working with us. Here are Jane’s insights, in her own words.

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Penna are celebrating International Youth Day

We're celebrating International Youth Day at Penna, which this year takes the theme of ‘Transforming food systems. Youth innovation for human and planetary health'. We asked some of our family 'What’s one thing you’re doing to protect the planet for the youth of tomorrow?'. Here’s what they said.

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Early Careers Month: The thoughts and reflections of those at the beginning of their career journey

For early careers month, our D&I Lead, Alexis Curtis-Harris speaks to two Penna family members just starting their careers; Jessika Dawar (Research Assistant: Marketing and Bids) and Leah James (Marketing Intern).

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Aspirational assessment processes - an interview with Head of Assessment Ann Hartley, by Penna's Sue Atkinson

On this episode of Penna's podcast, we're exploring the all-things assessment and selection. Assessment is a vital step in securing candidates, from Chief Executives to Graduates. Our in-house Business Psychologist and Head of Assessment Ann Hartley takes us through the possibilities provided by virtual assessment centres.

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Thank you to our interims: Penna's placement in the 2021 IIM Survey

Thank you to every interim who took time to share their insights in the 2021 IIM Survey. Read the reflections from the Penna team here. 

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An expert look at Student Marketing - an interview with the University of Bradford's Associate Director for Advertising, Marketing & Student Insight Ailie Ferrari and Penna's Jane Johns

In this edition of Penna Podcasts we look at the career of one of the most respected marketing minds in higher education; Ailie Ferrari. Penna's Head of Education, Jane Johns, talks to Ailie about the shifts in student attraction she's seen through her career, her ambitions for her new role with the University of Bradford and more.

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Attracting top talent with virtual events - an interview with Lara Dawson and Emma Cremnitz

This week on Penna's podcast, we take a deep dive into the wonderful world of virtual events. Penna's experts Lara Dawson and Emma Cremnitz offer their take on creating an amazing virtual experience; from tackling video call fatigue to gamification and cutting edge platforms.

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Onboarding virtually: now and in the future

Working remotely now for a lot of us isn’t a new thing. But one aspect that does feel a little unfamiliar is onboarding. The whole process is completely remote, so how should onboarding be done and how can new employees be made to feel comfortable when they haven’t met you in person?

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Andrew Tromans joins Penna’s Executive Search team, to focus on social care

Penna are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Tromans to our Executive Search Practice.

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Discussing D&I - an interview with D&I expert Alexis Curtis-Harris by Penna's Sue Atkinson

To mark Black Inclusion Week our Commercial Director, Sue Atkinson, sat down with Penna's in-house diversity and inclusion expert Alexis Curtis-Harris. Alexis has worked on award-winning projects for clients including Bank of England and has transformed the way we approach our own D&I journey at Penna.

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An interview with Educations' Account Director Sarah Messenger by Penna Education's Oona Venermo

On this episode of Penna Podcasts we're joined by Educations Media Group Account Director Sarah Messenger. Through the global platform educations.com Sarah supports universities with their international student recruitment.

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An interview with Liverpool John Moores University's Outreach Team Project Officer Hannah Williams by Penna Education's Lucy Harmsworth

This episode on Penna Podcasts we're discussing the actions universities should take to reach and engage parents and carers in the student marketing mix. Parents and carers are important stakeholders and must be considered as a key voice in university selection.

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An interview with UA92's Head of Marketing Stacey Anderson by Penna Education's Jack Thorogood

UA92 is a game-changing educational experience designed to unlock greatness, from the Class of 92 and Lancaster University. In our first episode, Penna Education's Senior Client Manager Jack Thorogood talks to them about the journey of the university, from a basement in Old Trafford five years ago, to the unique education experience they offer to students today.

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Trailer: Introducing Penna Podcasts

Penna's Commercial Director Sue Atkinson introduces Penna's new podcast series. Subscribe for up-to-the-minute insights on all things people and talent. Plus exclusive interviews of leading lights in our networks of CEOs, HRDs, D&I leads and more.

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Mental Health for Interim Managers: staying resilient when the going gets tough

Toni Hall, Director of Public Sector Executive Interim, looks at the practicalities of managing your mental wellbeing as an Interim manager.

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A view on mental health in the public sector

At Penna we’re privileged to work with front-line staff from social care, to the NHS, higher education, to the emergency services

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A Day in the Life of a Leader in Local Government - following Matt Prosser, Dorset Council's Chief Executive

Our Director of Public Sector Executive search, Ben Cox, caught up with Matt Prosser to talk through what an average day looks like as a busy Chief Executive of a large unitary authority.

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Engaging and enabling early talent virtually

This National Apprenticeship Week, Penna celebrates student talent in a new partnership with MyKindaFuture.

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Making the jump to Consultant – following Zeynep Livatyali-Esen in her appointment to Executive Interim Consultant in Local Government at Penna

A lot can change in 2 years and it certainly did for Penna Consultant and Executive Interim specialist, Zeynep Livatyali-Esen

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Higher Education - Capitalising on management talent from other sectors

How can the Higher Education sector capitalise on transferable skills when recruiting? Jon Dilling, Penna’s Sourcing Lead, looks at the options available to HR colleagues in HE.

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A Day in the Life of an Executive Recruiter - following Ben Cox, Penna's Director of Public Sector Executive Search

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A changing landscape in public sector recruitment

Our Sourcing Lead Jon Dilling reflects on the last year, offering his insight and top tips for HR professionals recruiting in the public sector in 2021.

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CIPFA-Penna go North

Two new recruits join the CIPFA-Penna Practice this September as part of Penna’s team expansion in the north of England...

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A Defining Moment for Local Government: A New Normal

There is no mistaking that this is a defining moment for local government; the COVID-19 crisis will change the way Councils...

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The response to COVID-19 – a regional view

Much of the coverage of the COVID-19 response has focused on the capital. But organisations outside London are...

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Be mindful of your managers, they are the glue in the middle of your organisation

Jon Dilling looks at trends and future predictions for the changing role of middle managers. Those at delivery level have...

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What makes your business tick? Let’s ask HR

Organisations are investing significant time in “re-imaging and re-thinking” many aspects of the #futureofwork.

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Class of '21 Part 3: Upping the energy in your online graduate recruitment journey

Class of ’21 are a unique breed of candidates, shaped by their experiences of the digital world and COVID-19’s career and academic curtailing influence...

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Class of '21 Part 2: Making a splash on social and victory in virtual careers fairs

In part 1 of our Class of ’21 series, we looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the Class of ‘21 and their university experience...

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