Taking place at the CIPP's Annual Conference and Exhibition, the Annual Excellence Awards are the longest running awards in the industry and, as such are highly competitive and sought after accolade.

With over 285 pieces of legislation impacting on the industry in the UK alone, and over £416bn* collected through National Insurance and tax contributions, payroll and pensions play a significant role in the UK economy. Therefore the professionals responsible for the accurate, compliant and timely delivery of these services within their organisations should be recognised for their important and strategic roles. X The CIPP's annual excellence awards are designed to do just that; recognising the true payroll and pension professionals who have made an outstanding contribution and demonstrated commitment to excellence in their profession.


Winners 2017

The 2017 winners were:

The CIPP payroll temp of the year - awarded by Portfolio Payroll

Patrick Lynch,  Duff Lynch Ltd - has been truly outstanding in their role and exceeded employer expectations.


The CIPP professional of the year

Madeleine Duplock, the NEC Group - made exceptional progress in their professional development as well as embracing change, introducing efficiencies for the organisation and taking on new tasks with real enthusiasm, drive and minimal support. Her nomination describes her as having a “passion for payroll” because of her determination and efforts.

Highly commended – John Lee MCIPPdip


The CIPP payroll software product of the year

NGA Human Resources – stood out due to their innovations within software over the last 12 months.

Highly commended – MHR and Brightpay


The CIPP project of the year

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust - for looking beyond the day to day operations of payroll and pensions with this bespoke solution created to be free to deliver, maintain and use, fit within the organisations paper light strategy and efficiency programmes and ultimately deliver outstanding care.

Highly commended – Travelex and Workday


The CIPP In-house payroll team of the year

JCB – have demonstrated that they have successfully delivered record results, raised the payroll profile within the organisation and developed effective business change.


The CIPP International payroll provider of the year

Activpayroll – effectively demonstrated investment commitment to customer service and effective, efficient and complaint international payroll service within their organisation.

Highly commended – Neeyamo


The CIPP payroll service provider of the year - fewer than 250 clients

Liberata – providing a seamless payroll service that ensures staff are paid the right amount at the right time.


The CIPP payroll service provider of the year - 250+ clients

NGA Human Resources – have been described as forward thinking and continuously developing. There focus and commitment is to their customers who are 'at the heart of everything they do'.

Highly commended – Cintra HR and Payroll and MHR


The CIPP lifetime achievement award 2017 - pensions - awarded by the CIPP board of directors

Henry Tapper - has helped both employers and their agents in the pensions industry especially through auto-enrolment and aims to restore people’s confidence in pensions and as such, is an outspoken advocate for best practice.


The CIPP lifetime achievement award 2017 - payroll - awarded by the CIPP board of directors

Michelle Crook MSc FCIPPdip -  As previous chair to the board, the legacy Michelle has left the CIPP and the payroll industry will make a long lasting difference to the Institute, as well as to the membership.


Honorary fellow

Mary Lambe FCIPP - has made major contributions to two of the UK’s largest pensions schemes and rose to become a highly regarded pension’s advisor with the Local Government Association.


Honorary fellow

Arthur Elstone FCIPP - Described as a genuine, honest, dedicated professional who has raised the standard of the payroll industry and have always been keen to share their knowledge.