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Ben Plant, director of HR and OD, OneSource

?Ben Plant became director of HR and OD at oneSource, the leading public sector shared service, in August 2019

In this role he is responsible for providing HR and OD services to Havering and Newham councils, which together employ more than 7,000 staff to deliver public services across east London.

Prior to joining oneSource Plant was director of transformation and HR at Waltham Forest Council, where he led a diverse range of corporate functions, including policy, insight and service design as well as HR and OD. He was responsible for the design and delivery of major change programmes, which achieved financial benefits in excess of £20 million. He also led significant reform of the HR function and increased staff satisfaction with the service by more than 30%.

During his time at Waltham Forest Plant oversaw the council’s innovative collaboration with YPO to create the Local Government Resourcing Partnership, which provides public sector organisations with easy access to a wide range of HR services. He also pioneered the introduction of extended maternity and paternity leave for any employee who has a baby born prematurely. This award-winning policy – the first of its kind in the UK – generated national headlines and inspired a wide range of employers to follow suit, including Sony Music, the Greater London Authority, and the BBC.