Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (trading as CIPP) will be held on Tuesday 5 December at 11.00 at The CIPP offices, 90 Long Acre, Arne Street Entrance, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9RA.

The voting for this year's AGM is all online and being handled by the Electoral Reform Service (ERS), if you are eligible to vote please press the vote now button.

Please note that the summary of accounts for 2017 will be posted online on 17 November. If you have any queries regarding this please email us.

AGM17 - Map and directions

 

AGM agenda

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolutions which will be proposed as ordinary resolutions.

  1. Approval of minutes from AGM 2016
  2. To elect directors to the board
  3. Approval of accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017
  4. Election of auditors
  5. Any of business

Attendance at the AGM is free to attend for CIPP members.

Candidate statements

  • Cliff Vidgeon

    Automatically appointed ( Aston University )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I have served as the CIPP ‘Pensions’ Director for the past 6 years. Throughout that time I have lobbied hard to ensure that CIPP becomes a more inclusive institute by providing first class services and, benefits and
    representation for all members. My ambition is to help build a stronger institute within which payroll, pensions and reward professionals can develop their knowledge, skills through the continuing development of a
    platform that enables members to realise their potential through qualifications, courses, information and interacting with one another to share ideas and experience.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I have been fortunate enough to have experience at a senior level in the three major professions that are represented by the CIPP.  In the early part of my career I held a number of pensions roles and later became payroll and pensions manager in local government handling a payroll in excess of 40,000 employees. In moving to the Higher Education sector, amongst other duties, I managed a pension scheme with a fund value that exceeded £40m.  Gradually I moved towards an HR role and became the Director of Human Resources at Aston University, where I developed a keen interest in reward management and my interest and involvement continued when I was subsequently appointed as the University’s Director of Corporate Management. I currently represent Higher Education employers negotiating pension arrangements on a national basis, serving on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) Joint Negotiating, Rules and Advisory Committees (and have chaired the latter twice over terms of two years).

    Strategic achievements to date:

    My roles as a University Director of Human Resources and Director of Corporate Management have been about feeding into the development of strategy and converting strategy into achievement. This includes the development and implementation of performance, remuneration and process improvement strategies. As a CIPP Director (and previously as a co-opted member of the Board) I have contributed to, and gained a lot of experience from, the development of strategy in relation to CIPP.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    We live in a fast moving world and it is important that CIPP is not only able to keep abreast of change and develop its services to meet the needs of the professions it represents going forwards. Taking into account technological developments and political and organisational trends, I believe that the payroll, pensions and reward activities will become increasingly closely bound together and that the CIPP is well positioned to deliver services members who are working within this wider remit.

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  • Dianne Hoodless

    ( Jaguar Land Rover Group Limited )

    Why you wish to stand:

    CIPP is dedicated to the growth of the Payroll and Pensions profession and is striving in fulfilling this vision by working toward individual chartered status. I feel passionately about the mission statement and want to share my skills and experiences with a wider audience.  I want to make a difference to the profession. Been on the board will give me a strong voice regarding the CIPP mission statement and the profession. As a part of such a dedicated and forward thinking team I know we can make this happen and want to be a part of this exciting new chapter.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I currently work for a large private organisation, currently paying just over 33k employees.  I have been in the profession for 30 years from the role of Administrator to Specialist. I have first-hand experience in what a large organisation now requires from the payroll profession as I am currently Payroll lead in the Payroll and Time Keeping transformation project. I have been a tutor with the CIPP for 13 years delivering MRD, Tutorials, invigilation and recently joined the team as a Payroll Trainer. I have undertaken many of the CIPP training course up to the MSc.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    The mission statement for my organisation is “Global by 20/20” I have a key part to play in achieving these goals. My role is Payroll lead in a £10,000,000 Time Keeping and Payroll transformation project. This is bringing a common platform across all the payrolls not only the systems but also the processes worldwide. Working with a team of 10 who are not payroll professional’s is challenging but by all knowing what the goals are and working towards them as a team is leading to success.  This has also taken me to Brazil to ensure the team there is also following the corporate standard.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I feel CIPP future is to “Keep spreading the word” there are still organisation who don’t know or understand what CIPP does and the benefits and professionalism it can / will bring to their organisation. The Individual Chartered Status is the ultimate symbol of professionalism. As we all care about profession, it's a natural aspiration we should all be working towards.   It will become the professions “voice” demonstrating the dedication of all its members This is not going to happen overnight it is a long road but by working together it is achievable.

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  • Johanne Higgins

    Recommended by the CIPP board ( NGA Human Resources )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I have enjoyed voluntary positions and am at the point in my career where participation on the board will add to my tool kit.  I am now able to give something back to the payroll world and community and share what I have learnt and gained over the last 25 years. With my diverse background in Payroll and HR learnings I believe my participation on your board is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on our payroll profession and the technologies we use, both of which are my passions.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    My payroll career covers all elements of Payroll in today’s changing markets, having worked in Implementation, Operations, Consultancy, in-house or outsourced payroll for public and private sector companies. I have gained a strong understanding of legal and compliance requirements, service delivery models, people development and change. I started in UK and Ireland, with the last 7 years being based in Spain working for NGAHR. During this time I was the HRO Manager role for the Granada delivery center, set up a service center in 15 languages, provide Payroll services across 45 countries using multiple languages and working with outsourced providers.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    For my own achievements as we move forward with technology, I am actively involved in testing and reviewing enhancements of new technology in payroll globally to support new automations and robotics. I recently developed a ´Health of Payroll´ Model ensuring payroll standards are rolled out globally. I am now in a Global Payroll Lead position focusing on Service Delivery Architecture and Compliance. This role involves managing payroll leads across EMEA, APAC and US to drive process efficiencies, enforce Payroll compliance and standards in multiple countries and regional delivery centers.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    As the payroll career becomes a more technology driven role, we need to work closely with Payroll professionals from all regions, help to bring exposure to the UK and the CIPP community to drive innovation in payroll and make it a more recognized professional profile. After recently attending the APA, it re-enforced that this is the right opportunity for me to have more active participation in CIPP. This can positively influence our profession and future generations as we become not only payroll legal and regulatory experts but also experts at managing data and compliance. We evolve to become Payroll Intelligent!

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  • Julie Todd

    Recommended by the CIPP board ( Cummins )

    Why you wish to stand:

    CIPP has worked hard at creating a support and education structure to help raise the profile of payroll within businesses and with the government, providing consultative feedback gathered from its members that is being recognised and listened to.  The aim to incorporate payroll in the education structure is a fantastic way of securing our future payroll professionals.  This is something I feel very passionately about, ensuring my team are CIPP qualified and taking on a payroll apprentice.  I would love to be a part of CIPP’s vision for the future of the Payroll Profession.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I currently work within a Shared Service Centre and have responsibility for payrolls throughout Europe and Middle East.  To be successful, I have to be able to think of ideas, be quick at finding solutions and be able to listen to the voices of our customers.  These skills help me to ensure that payroll is processed within legislation for each country and also delivers the right solution for our key stakeholders.  Cummins core values also match CIPP’s.  In addition to this, I also have to manage the payroll budget for the region.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    Centralising Payroll services in the UK, building a new team and creating a Service Model that helps to keep us ahead of what is happening in payroll legislatively and locally through agreements.  This is managed via Contact Centre phone number, intranet site for employees, service review meetings with stakeholders and education sessions for employees.  Also ensuring the whole team are qualified with CIPP.  I’m also currently working on a similar exercise for the Middle East payrolls which is moving payroll to the UK but HR support to South Africa.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I see CIPP becoming a stronger voice when changes are being made to legislation, the consultative support provided is ensuring this.  I also see stronger global links with other Payroll Associations around the globe, providing members with access to global support.  Many companies in the UK process or are responsible for payroll outside of the UK and there is a greater need for Global support and guidance.

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  • Lizabeth Lay

    ( CIPP )

    Why you wish to stand:

    Being passionate about payroll, payroll education and promoting the profession I believe that I am at the stage of my career where I have a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that I can bring to the CIPP to positively help uphold member trust, ethical standards and the institute’s mission.  I would work in the best interests of the institute to benefit the members whom they exist to serve, contributing to the focus on planning, long-range visioning, programme effectiveness, public relations, developing broad policies and the long-term health of the Institute to position the organisation to flourish in changing times.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    A strategic thinker with sharp focus on the external environment, paramount to continued success of a business.  Working with various types of customers where issues arise on a regular basis the ability to problem solve was crucial requiring an analytical understanding and a logical approach to achieve successful conclusions.  This demonstrates I am a sound communicator at all levels through multiple mediums and have the ability to influence others, take decisions, work constructively and undertake active listening. A proven track record in repeated renewal of customer contacts evidencing the ability to promote organisations internally and externally positively and constructively.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    I led the design development and project management of the CIPP Payroll Quality Partnership scheme successfully engaging over 80 organisations within a two year period.  Using strategic decision making I set up from nothing, built and successfully ran my own business for five years in an extremely competitive environment.  The strategic decision to sell the business also proved successful.   Being involved in the launch of a new business in the financial industry, providing financial education to the low paid within the Retail industry, by attending Board meetings contributing to the strategic decision making prior to and after the successful launch.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I believe that the CIPP will continue to lead payroll and pension professionals through education membership and recognition with steady growth of its member base.  The UK government has confidence in the Institute and will continue to communicate with them as a prime source for employer representation.  It will continue to be a market leader in payroll education with standardisation and continued development of its qualification programmes.  As promotion of the Institute continues and standards and quality of its training portfolio improves it will also become the market leader in training with links to overseas professional bodies expanding.

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  • Malcolm Elders

    Recommended by the CIPP board ( National Tube Stockholders Ltd )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I became an Associate Member of the CIPP prior to the introduction of RTI and Auto-Enrolment. I had been able to process payroll relatively simply previously due to how the business worked. The new procedures meant it necessary to gain additional support and I felt the Institute was best placed to provide this. The Institute has met all my expectations and continues to so with the Annual Forums, Professional Magazine and training courses. Although I have not been through formal training I feel it is only right to offer my services and give something back to the Institute.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I have worked for my current employer for 32 years, rising to become Company Accountant. This has involved several process changes and upgrades, including moving from a manual to automated payroll. All change has to be managed and working for a family organisation I have played my part. I have gained good experience learning from the founder of the organisation and been heavily involved in negotiating contracts for all insurances, banking facilities and similar services. I am responsible for small teams although experience of the recruitment process has been limited due to the stable nature of the employees.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    I wish I could tell you about a wonderful project that made the organisation a lot of money, but I can’t. I started with the business when the computer system filled an office. I have played my part in migrating to a number of new accounting software. We have moved from manual to computer payroll. I now have responsibility for 3 payrolls for nearly 200 people. I hardwired the first network of PC’s in the office, although this has now moved well beyond my expertise. Working for a small company has meant getting involved in many aspects of company operations.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I believe the CIPP has a massive role to play going forward. More and more legislation is being managed through payroll. The training provided by the CIPP is invaluable to ensure all these processes are managed correctly. I do think, though, that the Institute is missing out on an opportunity to help those whose role in payroll is not full time, but just part of their role. I feel certain the some modules from the degree courses could be made available to such members to help in their role.  These are important and sometimes forgotten members of the payroll community.

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  • Marise Tallon

    ( MPAT.G Ltd )

    Why you wish to stand:

    The CIPP has been of great importance to me, before I first became a member back in the early 90s and succeeded in achieving the Diploma in 1994.  It has always made me feel I was part of something bigger than my job. We are a group of professionals who cared about the people we paid and relied on us to get it right. I want to be more actively part of this great organisation that brought importance to the profession and made us stand out and be counted as a strategic partner in shaping this country and its future.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    25+ years’ experience in Payroll and Human Resources, achieving three degrees within the profession. While working in many sectors, with the ability to recommend at a strategic level, while understanding the process of development and implementation of policy and the implications this has on all levels within the organisation.  Ability to listen to the team’s problem and concerns and think logically of a solution, its benefits influencing, making decisions where a collective outcome is not achieved and communicate to the wider team  Handling large budgets and future costing, not only for my customers but also within my own business enthusiasm.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    HR Strategic Project Manager  Currently successfully achieving the separation of one company into two separate legal entitles. After compiling a detailed strategic recommendation to ensure the HR & Payroll systems and policy’s where future proofed to allow the company to grow and exceed their new owners targets.  Project Manager / Change Lead Achieved, successfully the implementation and roll out of a Global HR and Payroll Management Information solution, within a wider change programme. Enabling the organisation to capture, report and analysis data on HR and Payroll costs, to allow for data driven strategic proposals.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    The country and Europe are undergoing massive changes in all areas not only HR & Payroll. There are no lessons learnt that can be reviewed for many of these changes. Consultation among the professional bodies will be needed to ensure a successful outcome. I see the CIPP been the primary lead and advisor in these changes. Both, to the government bodies and also to the businesses and professionals. Working tirelessly at ensuring the community is represented and the fear of change is made easier.

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  • Nikolas Heath

    ( Candidate has withdrawn his application )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I have an exceptional pedigree and an enviable 10 year career that I think would be invaluable to CIPP now that I intend to semi-retire this year.  I think I would bring a unique skill set from the contractor payroll sector both traditional Umbrella and Tax efficient solutions. I know what works and what doesn't and can help agency and end-user clients pick their way through the fog of legislation.  I have built a reputation on doing things properly and those who need most guidance are the hardest to convince they need guidance.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I'm ex NWB, Payroll and Personnel and cut my teeth on outsourced payroll services learning tax tables in hard copy.  In the last few months I have sold 3 payroll Umbrellas and 2 tax planning structures that I formed from scratch.  I did all of the compliance and due-diligence myself and have built a solid reputation on guiding Clients through complex legislation.  I understand payroll but I understand why payroll is more important to the contractor market who often don't know what to do or where to start.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    Built Umbrella Companies in the UK from scratch and sold highly profitable going concerns.  Created Tax Planning services on the Isle of Man and sold efficient and fully compliant going concerns payrolling 1000 contractors.  Consulting to a  number of Umbrella Companies and Recruitment Agencies on correct payroll procedure, RTI and quarterly agency reporting.  Created the "Professional" contracting model and a body-swerve around AWR where legitimately needed.  Created a group of companies from scratch generating £2.6m GP per annum in 3 years.  Hold the IP  for an indemnity solution.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I would like to see CIPP as the first choice membership body for all operatives in payroll; end-user, agency, accountant and Umbrella.  I would also like to see CIPP the first choice information and training resource for all industry professional and I would like to see the CIPP logo become the accreditation stamp of excellence within the space.  I would love to be a part of making that happen.

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  • Olivia Dunham

    ( Cambridge University Press )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I am very passionate about payroll to the point that it has become my life. In the last 10 years I have played a small part in helping to enhance students payroll knowledge in order to become the best at their jobs and raise the profile of the profession, however as my career develops I want to be able to use my skills to give more back to the profession and to the Institute. These are exciting times to be a part of the payroll world as it develops into chartered individuals and expands into the global field.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I have been in Payroll for 17 years, of which I have worked in both outsourced and in house environments, on the way I have developed leadership skills and a logical approach to problem solving. I have been a tutor for the CIPP for 10 years and understand the objectives and range of activities offered by the CIPP but also the feedback from students. I have also been a Payroll Manager for 10 years and understand the needs from a member’s perspective.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    Over the last 7 years I have been lucky to be involved with various projects that have resulted in building the strategy of a payroll department from scratch and more recently the ability to completely restructure the team roles and expand the team to be able to take on more tasks as needed by the business and to create more efficient processes in order to offer an excellent service to our customers. I have been a part of a larger project team who have been making decisions on the business structures of our overseas offices, including the registering and running of each office.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    The CIPP has come a long way since I joined as a member 12 years ago but I hope to see us become the leaders in education, consultancy/advice and payroll assurance in the UK and improving the recognition of the profession in the business world but in the future I also see us becoming a hub for global membership and access to global resource working with partners across the world.

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  • Rachel Akister

    ( High Spirits Leisure Group )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I would love to join in a fuller capacity the Institute which has given so much to me and so many others within the profession. I want to give back, promote, drive forward and enjoy the continuing success and longevity of the CIPP. This is a world class organisation, which anyone would be proud to be part of at this level.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I hold two school governor positions which ensure that critical, supportive and strategic thinking are always in my mind both for planning and finances. I am fully aware of the commitment, responsibility and duties owing to the post were I fortunate enough to be successful in my application. I have 14 years’ experience within the profession both in practice and in industry giving me a breadth of approach, understanding and knowledge. I am close to completing my Master’s degree in Employment Law. I am outgoing and dedicated with strong communication skills, I love meeting people, and making new connections.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    I am proud of my involvement in the running of two schools strategically at Governor level. Whilst working in Practice, I planned for and implemented the company strategy for auto-enrolment for the entire client base. I have just (30th June) been offered the Group HR Manager role to run alongside my current Group Payroll Manager role. This will involve strategic recruitment and planning for our six current, and all future, venues.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    I see it flourishing as a bright, modern and forward looking Institute; with it continuing to attract all those dedicated to an often undervalued but essential sector of any business. I am proud to tell people that I have achieved MCIPPdip status, and that I have made great friends via the Institute along the way. Now with the ability for individuals to apply for Chartered Status in September, the future can only be brighter still as the CIPP finds itself on an equal footing with other professional body institutes offering the same accolade!

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  • Sharon Tayfield

    Recommended by the CIPP board ( BDO LLP )

    Why you wish to stand:

    My background in financial management, education and payroll coupled with my passion for payroll positions me to add value to the CIPP. I believe by providing training and raising the awareness of payroll professionals, CIPP will continue to ensure that payroll professionals will be a valued resource to any organisation and I would like to be part of that process. Global payroll remains a growth area and CIPP needs to address this in order to remain relevant to Payroll Professionals operating in the UK and I believe that my expertise in this area would be a benefit to CIPP.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    My skill set covers presentations, new business development, financial management, leadership, change management, compliance and a number of other skills which would benefit CIPP should I be appointed as a Director. My experience in growing businesses and holding various positions at directorship level can be transferred to a role with CIPP. Global payroll and compliance are my special interests and I believe this will benefit possible future development areas within CIPP.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    My move from a financial role to payroll enabled me to take a local outsourced payroll company on a journey to become a leading multi-country payroll service provider. I steered the company to two Global award nominations. Besides the growth in volume of payslips processed and revenue I also assisted to develop the payroll platform and positioned the company as a leading provided to Legal companies. This dictated that our company needed to remain 100% compliant at all times. Creating a service centre in Africa was a further strategic move which enabled the company to compete at international level.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    Providing members with the resources, tools and training that they require to meet the growing trend towards increased use of robotics is certainly the future of CIPP. Providing members with CPD courses which can be provided electronically, continuing to equip payroll professionals with the skills needed to hold leadership positions within their respective organisation, positioning the Institute as a leading supply of payroll information and representing payroll professionals at government and global level to ensure that payroll professionals’ voices form part of changes in legislation are all areas in which I see the CIPP have a role.

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  • Suzanne Gallagher

    ( Armstrong Watson LLP )

    Why you wish to stand:

    I have always worked within the payroll industry (25+ years); during which time it has changed exponentially becoming the fast paced moving industry it is today.  I have witnessed it from a ‘thankless back office task’ processing manual transactions, into a dynamic, exciting and career driven industry.  The opportunities and recognition the CIPP have created through its education programmes, policy and research and their general hard work, has given the membership a true voice and for that I am personally eternally grateful.  I would be honoured be a part of the CIPP Board helping shape the future.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I fell into the world of payroll starting with work experience at 17 working for Granada.  During that time I was offered the position of Wages Clerk paying 600+ workforce.  Eventually I joined Armstrong Watson, where I still enjoy working today.  I started as a payroll administrator and am now the Head of Operations.  I have overseen the growth of the department from 3 employees to over 20 with an increase of more than 3000% turnover.  I have transferred over 1000 payrolls through three different payroll software changes and been responsible for creating and implementing working practices within the bureau.

    Strategic achievements to date:

    We have won numerous awards amongst which was the CIPP PQP; the first accountancy practice (2009) and the 5th company within the UK to achieve it.  We were recently awarded both the PQP and PAS; the first accountancy practice to hold both kite marks.   A key strategic decision was in respect of our pension offering to clients; choosing to work with Pensionsync to develop and submit the first fully automated AE data transfer and pension set up; an industry first.   Sitting on the service line leadership team, helping create and develop the service line strategy, consistently exceeding our targets.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    Our industry is no longer just payroll, it encompasses so much more (reward, pensions etc.) and with that, more opportunities.  In addition, is the development of artificial intelligence (AI), automation etc., perhaps a future threat?  Ultimately the focus should be development, future proofing and guiding members from what was mainly transactional accuracy into a more strategic and innovative way of thinking.  The profession is in a unique position covering many facets of a business which should be capitalised on. The term ‘HR robot’ seems rife, who knows where the scope lies for Payroll Professionals in this space.

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  • Stuart Hall

    Recommended by the CIPP board ( Business advisor and consultant )

    Why you wish to stand:

    After the sale of Employer Services in October 2015, I took a break from business life; traveling, catching up on hobbies, pursuing new interests and spending time with my family. Currently, I’ve been working as an independent consultant in Payroll and general business matters. With over 35 years experience in Payroll and HR sectors and a broad experience in sales, accounting and operations, I enjoy opportunities to pass on my subject knowledge and helping others develop. I believe my skills, knowledge, work ethic and motivation would also benefit CIPP.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP:

    I have experience of working at a strategic level, developing and implementing new concepts as well as understanding budgets and financial planning. From a payroll clerk, when I was a founder member of the BPMA, to CEO of a multimillion turnover company, my experience is broad as it s wide. I achieved the diploma in Payroll Management (2003), a further diploma in Applied Management (2005) and graduated from Henley Business School, (University of Reading) with a Masters in Applied Management (2011).

    Strategic achievements to date:

    I have formed three successful payroll companies, effectively building them into profitable businesses. Tax Filing Services Ltd (sold to an accountancy company, 1996); PaySuite Ltd, an award-winning company for being the first ‘true’ cloud payroll software in the UK (sold to Intuit, 2014); Employer Services Ltd, started in 1999 with four employees, no clients, but a desire to provide a payroll bureau service which was second to none. In 2015, the company had 45 staff with over 400 clients and was bought by RSM. I appeared in the ‘Payroll World Top 50’ for five consecutive years 2011 – 2015.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP:

    During my life in Payroll, legislation has significantly changed the role of Payroll departments. Whilst some employees cope with change, there are many for whom continual change becomes an issue. I see CIPP playing an increasing role in helping, guiding and keeping Payroll people updated and effectively trained for their roles. I see CIPP engaging more in promoting the benefits of a career in Payroll through programmes like apprenticeships. I believe passionately that ‘payroll’ can do so much more in the strategic decision process within organisations and see CIPP helping to develop Payroll into an influential role within businesses.

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