Pam Parkes, director of organisational development and people, Essex County Council

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​Parkes joined Essex County Council in 2016 and is responsible for a 140-strong HR team and a workforce of 6,700

Since coming on board the sector has faced some of its most challenging times; in terms of changing demographics, skills shortages, technological advances, political uncertainty and increased citizen expectations. Parkes has embraced these challenges and turned them into opportunities. This has included re-defining the council’s purpose, a re-focus on organisational design and structure, and encouraging a learning culture.

There has also been investment in a people strategy that prioritises what is needed from the workforce today. In 2018 Parkes turned her attention to adaptive and systemic leadership, creating a place where trust and collaboration thrive.

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