The CIPP's Annual Excellence Awards


The 2018 Annual Excellence Awards will be taking place in Birmingham on Thursday 11 October 2018.

With over 285 pieces of legislation impacting on the industry in the UK alone and over £446billion* 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.

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 a commitment to excellence in their profession.

Winners of last year's Annual Excellence Awards 2017 can be found here.

After dinner speaker - Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan has to date, had an extensive career in almost every area of entertainment. He started his career by providing voices for the iconic ‘Spitting Image’ Since then he has worked extensively in television, theatre and radio. McGowan is famed for his impressions and is perhaps, best known to audiences for BAFTA winning ‘The Big Impression’. He is also a favourite on our screens featuring on ‘Mock the week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, to name but a few.  He continues to delight audiences on tours with his ever-changing range of impressions.

The 2018 Annual Excellence Awards shortlist

Well-being and employee engagement

  • Ceridian Europe Ltd
  • Cintra HR & Payroll Services 
  • SD Worx

International payroll service provider of the year

  • activpayroll
  • Global Payroll Services, BDO LLP
  • Neeyamo Inc.
  • NES Global Talent
  • SD Worx

Newcomer of the year

  • Nicole Hagan-Kidd, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Adam Ellison, Cintra HR & Payroll Services LTD
  • Aisling Murray, Intelligo Software Limited

Manager of the year

  • Allison Little, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Amy Johnson, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Rona Betts, Aster Group
  • Sharon Tayfield, BDO LLP
  • Aideen Murphy, Intelligo Software Limited
  • Gemma Burrows and Lisa Earnshaw, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Katie Sharpe, Saffery Champness LLP

Software product of the year

  • Megapay, Intelligo Software Limited
  • IRIS Payroll Business
  • ResourceLink, NGA Human Resources
  • EduPay, Orovia Ltd
  • Payslip
  • Selenity Expenses
  • Xero Payroll

Payroll service provider of the year

  • activpayroll
  • Armstrong Watson LLP Payroll Services
  • Bishop Fleming Payroll Services
  • Schools’ Personnel Service, Cantium Business Solutions Limited
  • EPM
  • FMP Global
  • Garbutt and Elliott
  • Intelligo Software Limited
  • NGA Human Resources
  • P W Payroll Solutions Ltd
  • Saffery Champness LLP
  • SD Worx
  • We Payroll Services Limited

Project of the year

  • activpayroll
  • Armstrong Watson LLP Payroll Services
  • Cambridge Commodities Ltd
  • Cantium Business Solutions Limited
  • Gails Bakery 
  • JD Sports 
  • Global Payroll Team, NES Global Talent 
  • Orbis Payroll & Robotics Teams
  • Park Plaza UK Payroll Team
  • UPP Group HR Team

In-house payroll team of the year

  • Adecco Group UK & Ireland Payroll Team
  • Leeds and Salford Quays Payroll Team, Bupa UK Payroll Services
  • HR Delivery, Cantium Business Solutions
  • Finance Operations: Payroll Team, Department for International Development
  • Payroll & Benefits Team, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Midland Heart Payroll Team
  • Sanctuary Group Payroll Team
  • Vertas Group Payroll Team

My biggest influencer

  • Michele Whitehead, Adecco Group UK & Ireland
  • Karen Thomson, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Nadine Hill, BDO LLP
  • Lynn Curtis, CHP
  • Lisa Kennery, Pierce CA Ltd
  • Lisa Earnshaw, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kay Followell, Sopra Steria LTD (SSCL)
  • Michelle Tracy, Wine & Spirit Education Trust

* based on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as shown here.