How does a PPN Work?
The PPN has a ” flat structure” not a hierarchical one meaning there is no one leader making final decisions but instead each group represented has an equal voice and opportunity to make decisions and to be heard and they do this during the Plenary meetings.
Representatives are elected by PPN members to sit on committees and are supported by linkage or working groups to carry out their roles.
Plenary, meaning all member groups together. This is the main decision making body of the PPN. A plenary meeting is convened twice a year to discuss issues and vote on policies and procedures. Each member group has one vote at a plenary.
The Secretariat are the administration group of the PPN overseeing the running of it. The secretariat consists of about 10 members which are independent of the county council and are elected by the PPN.
PPN Representatives are elected by the PPN members on to a particular Board or Committee to represent the issues of that group. The PPN Representatives are guided and supported by their linkage group.
Linkage groups or working groups, form around a particular issue to support the representative in their role on a committee.
The Co-Ordinator is the administrator of the PPN and is responsible for the development of the PPN . He/she is directed by the secretariat.