Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) has a history of over 40 years since its inception when the first personnel manager roles were created in the UK health sector. Previously to that, personnel was part of the general administration function.

The first meeting in Lichfield of what was then called National Association of Health Service Personnel Officers (NAHSPO) was in 1974 when colleagues gathered together to compare share experience, develop their skills and discuss the how they could improve the health of the nation through good HR

The organisation has been through several chapters during its history, including three name changes.

The organisation was renamed Association of Healthcare HR Management (AHHRM) in 1994 and renamed as Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) in 2005. Most importantly, HPMA has always been about HR professionals, coming together to listen, learn, share ideas and challenges and doing so to improve the quality of our health and care services, thereby improving the lives of people across the UK.

HPMA became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) a couple of years ago and has been through a period of embedding new governance arrangements, defining HPMA’s vision and strategy and undertaking a transformation of the operational activities, appointing its first Executive Director in July 2017.


The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

All Trustees are asked to promote HPMA mission and values, providing high quality governance in accordance with requirements of charity law and good practice, guide its strategic development, monitor the performance of senior staff and support its work by drawing on personal contacts and experience.


  • To ensure members are adequately consulted, mainly through the National Council, on key decisions, ultimately the Trustees are responsible for making decisions that are in the best interests of HPMA and achieving its charitable objectives.
  • To ensure that the charity and its representatives’ function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.
  • To determine overall direction and development of the charity through good governance and clear strategic planning.
  • Ensure the charity complies with legislative and regulatory requirements and acts within the confines of its governing document and in furtherance to organisational activities contained therein.
  • Maintaining sound financial management of the charity’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with the organisation’s’ objects, and investment activities meet standards and policies.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity and its resources.
  • To maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received during term of office and in executing responsibilities to the charity.

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Richard Haggarty

With over 12 years’ senior recruitment experience within NHS and Private Healthcare, Richard is a Principal Consultant within the Manchester office for Castlefield. His key areas of focus are; Human Resources & Organisational Development, Operations and Communications. Whilst he is based in Manchester Richard recruits nationally and has a particular focus on placing candidates in fixed term, permanent and interim positions under the Crown Commercial Service Frameworks RM6002 – Permanent Recruitment Services and RM6160 – Interim & Fixed Term services.

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