The PPN is a flat structure. This means that all groups in the PPN have an equal voice and an equal input into decision making. There is no leader, no overall spokesperson or chairperson. It is truly a collective, accommodating a wide range of diverse views and perspectives. It supports each member to develop new skills and contribute in an equal way to the organisation.
The main decision making body of the PPN is the Plenary (i.e. all the independent member groups) which should meet at least twice every year to review the workings of the PPN and set the agenda for the coming period. The elected Secretariat is responsible for the administration of the PPN between Plenary meetings. Subsets of the PPN such as Linkage Groups also inform the process. This is a new way of working which differs from a traditional hierarchical structure and is undoubtedly challenging. However, there is much evidence around the country of it operating well.
The Plenary (all the member organisations together) is the key decision maker of the PPN, meeting at least twice a year. Their role is to direct the operation of the PPN, setting overall PPN policy and processes. Decisions made between Plenary meetings, including the election of representatives, should be presented for ratification to the following meeting. Each independent member group has one vote in the Plenary. Plenary meetings are an ideal forum for member groups to meet and network and to hear about matters of interest to them. The Plenary is also charged with developing a wellbeing statement for this and future generations in the area. The Plenary usually meets in May and November.
The Secretariat is elected by the PPN members, to be representative of the different geographical areas and the three pillars. It is an administrative body only, responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the PPN. Find out more about the Secretariat here.
PPN Representatives are members of the PPN who are elected to represent the issues of PPN members on a particular Board or Committee. A PPN Representative does not represent the group they are a member of, they represent the PPN and are guided by their linkage group. Find out more about the PPN Reps here.
Linkage Groups and Consultations
Linkage Groups and Consultations are the way that PPN member organisations can have a real input into policy in their area of operation. Linkage Groups bring together stakeholder organisations with a common interest to discuss their diverse views and interests in a specific policy area. Find out more about the Linkage Groups and Consultations here.