Claire Kennedy Managing Director and co-founder, PPL

Claire Kennedy is a Managing Director and co-founder of PPL.

Prior to joining the public sector, Claire was a political consultant and communications expert with Westminster Strategy and Ketchum Communications, co-authoring reports with think tanks such as SustainAbility on emerging global trends; and advising clients including Amnesty International on national-level policy development.

Since 2002, Claire has been working at the heart of the public sector improvement agenda. She has extensive experience of managing complex change projects across multiple service areas, and delivering benefits for customers and staff. This included as Head of Strategic Transformation, managing a team of over 60 permanent and contract staff and a budget of £10 million at the London Borough of Lambeth.

Claire is skilled at bringing teams of people together to deliver a shared vision for the future, and is extremely adept at working with stakeholders at all levels of organisations. Claire’s role involves providing strategic development and insight across local government and health. Her particular focus is on linking strategic objectives and outcomes to everyday delivery, and the management techniques required to develop effective teams, and to enable them to maximise their performance.

Claire co-founded PPL in 2007, and has led implementation teams across health, social care and voluntary and community sectors.

Her current work involves working with local areas moving towards the development of accountable care. Her particular area of focus is in enabling leaders to connect across a system in a way that is authentic, and that creates strong practical working relationships at all levels. In addition to her academic background in organisational change, Claire is a qualified coach.

Claire is a current Board Member and Vice President of the UK Management Consultancies Association and Board Member at the New Local Government Network. She is also a Fellow of the RSA.