Annual Excellence Awards

Taking place at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on 3 October, the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards 2019 is the only UK payroll awards ceremony.

With over 285 pieces of legislation impacting on the industry in the UK alone and over £250billion* 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.


CIPP's Annual Excellence Awards 2019 shortlist

Following the judging which took place between Monday 12 August and Friday 23 August, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for the CIPP’s Annual Excellence Awards for each category. 

In-house payroll team of the year

  • Adecco Group UK & Ireland
  • Cambridge Assessment
  • CIS Security Limited
  • Dunelm
  • Gist Limited
  • Hyperion Insurance Group
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Sainsbury’s
  • University of Lincoln

My biggest influencer award

  • Beverley Priest ACIPP, EPM Ltd
  • Julie Aghanti-Akinremi MCIPPdip, The United Synagogue
  • Karen Thomson MSc ChFCIPPdip FHEA, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Lisa Earnshaw, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lysa Morrison, Cintra HR & Payroll Services Ltd
  • Maria Mason MCIPP, BDO LLP
  • Martin Quartermain, Jaguar Land Rover Group Limited
  • Stu Clennell, Sopra Steria (SSCL)

International payroll service provider of the year

  • activpayroll
  • ADP
  • CloudPay
  • EQGlobal
  • Fitzgerald & Law LLP
  • FMP Global
  • Futurelink Group Limited
  • Immedis
  • Neeyamo Inc.
  • Payslip

Manager of the year

  • Adam Becker ACA ACMA CGMA AFA MIPA MIoD, Futurelink Group Limited
  • Amy Johnson MCIPPdip, Armstrong Watson LLP
  • Andrew McAulay MCIPPdip, Cambridge Assessment
  • Beverley Priest ACIPP, EPM Ltd
  • Claire Kennedy MCIPPdip, University of Lincoln
  • Dianne Hoodless MSc ChFCIPP FHEA, Hyperion Insurance Group Limited
  • Evi Garoufi-London MCIPP, CIS Security Limited
  • Maria Mason MCIPP, BDO LLP
  • Paul Hammond MCIPPdip, BDO LLP

Newcomer/Apprentice of the year

  • Anouska Houlihan, Intelligo Software Limited
  • Charlotte Williams, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Emma Harris, Cantium Business Solutions
  • Ebony Smith, Garbutt + Elliott
  • Jordan Steggles, Cantium Business Solutions
  • Ryan Witter, Hyperion Services Limited

Payroll service provider of the year

  • activpayroll
  • AS Robins
  • BDO LLP
  • Bishop Fleming Payroll Services Ltd
  • Cantium Business Solutions
  • Cintra HR & Payroll Services LTD
  • CloudPay
  • Ellacotts LLP
  • EPM Ltd
  • Futurelink Group Limited
  • Garbutt + Elliott
  • Intelligo Software Limited
  • Orbis
  • SD Worx
  • The Access Group
  • Throgmorton
  • Zellis UK Limited

Project of the year

  • activpayroll team
  • Armstrong Watson LLP, payroll team
  • Bupa, payroll team
  • Cambridge Assessment, payroll department
  • Cantium Business Solutions, ServiceNow project team
  • CloudPay
  • Crown Agents Bank, Carol McCrindle
  • Futurelink Group Limited team
  • Hyperion Services Limited, payroll team
  • MP Payroll Solutions, Simon Bailey and team
  • Orbis, payroll and HR teams
  • Sainsbury’s, payroll project team
  • SUEZ R&R UK HR, Systems, payroll and reward team
  • The British Heart Foundation, people services department
  • University of Lincoln, Linc-On Reward Platform pay and reward team
  • University of Lincoln, payroll team

Software product of the year

  • Ceridian, Dayforce Payroll
  • Cintra HR & Payroll Services LTD, CintraiQ
  • Intelligo Software Limited, Megapay
  • IRIS Software Group, IRIS Payroll Professional
  • KeyPay
  • MHR, iTrent
  • Neeyamo Inc., NeeyamoWorks Pay
  • Orovia, EduPay
  • Payslip
  • Sage Payroll Bureau
  • Selenity Expenses
  • Xero Payroll
  • Zellis UK Limited, ResourcesLink

Well-being and employee engagement award

  • Bishop Fleming Payroll Services
  • Ceridian
  • EPM Ltd
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust Workforce Team and Occupational Health Team
  • Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Lincoln

A big congratulations to everyone shortlisted for these prestigious awards.

Book your place at the ceremony at Celtic Manor resort and take part in celebrating the successes of the payroll and pensions industry from the last 12 months.

Winners of last years Annual Excellence Awards 2018 can be found here.


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