Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on 5 December 2019 at 11 am. There will be two vacancies for the CIPP Board which will arise from January 2020 and CIPP members (those in the categories of associate, full, fellow and Chartered Member) are eligible to stand for election.

Applications for this years board nominations have now closed, voting will be announced shortly.

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MEET THIS YEARS CANDIDATES

  • Clare Warrington MSc FCIPPdip

    Senior Finance Manager Payroll ( Gist Ltd )

    Why you wish to stand?

    CIPP have been a major part of my professional career and development for the last 15 years. In June 2013 I started working as a tutor teaching Foundation Degree years 1 to 3 including tutorials, MRDs and exam invigilating. Last year I started to teach on the MSc year 1, which included working attendance and contribution at the MSc standardisation meetings. Since being one of the first organisations to gain PQP as Sherwood Forest Hospitals, I have gone on to promote CIPP and the accreditations with all my other employers, gaining PQP at McKesson and PQP &PAS with Bupa. I feel that CIPP are a big influence on the way payroll legislation both statutory and contractual is driven in the professional market.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    Having 30 years payroll experience in private, public and shared service sectors I feel I have a large amount of experience that I could bring to the board and help navigate CIPP in the right direction for the profession. 
    Having done the IPPM Diploma and the CIPP MSC as well as many other courses I feel I have a wide knowledge of what CIPP offers and can see where this fits in the professional work force. 
    I have attended national conference for the last 15 years and promote attendance through all of my many networks.

    Strategic achievements to date?

    During my career I have had many challenges to overcome including having no payroll system in December 2005, but managing to pay 5500 people as a supplier on the Accounts Payable system, making sure all got paid prior to Christmas. The team won CIPP Team of the Year 2006 for this achievement. In December 2010 I recruited 50 people to run a Shared Service Centre in Sheffield over 12 weeks, migrating 17 clients ( 80,000 payslips ) who all got paid on time. I think my influence on employers to engage and support CIPP is a passionate strategy that I adopt in every role I undertake.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    The future of CIPP is being a leader in the market for Payroll, Pension and management training. Being at the forefront of critical changes in the profession from statutory to contractual legislation. Taking training to another level and being focussed on delivering what the industry need at the right time and in the right place. CIPP need to focus on what is happening in the UK and around the world, keeping up to date with the needs of the profession and be able to offer training support and guidance as the market dictates.
     

     

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  • Katie Sharpe ACIPP

    Senior Payroll Manager ( Saffery Champness LLP )

    Why you wish to stand?

    Payroll is not just my career, it is also my passion. Anyone that follows me on LinkedIn or has met me at an event will understand how strongly I feel about ensuring a productive future for all payrollers in the UK. Standing for a position as board director will allow to me further my efforts in collaboration with CIPP. There is significantly more work to be done to revitalise our industry, to support the payrollers that are on the front line. Being a board director will allow me to be part of a team who are engaged with this objective. 

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    I have worked in payroll my entire career. Completing various jobs and projects throughout this time have given me a vast array of skills from people management, to sales and strategic operations. 
    I am currently involved in my firm’s recruitment, operational management and business development strategy teams. This has provided me with significant experience of various reporting methods and delivery of information. 
    I have written and delivered many presentations to different audiences including university students on why they should choose a career in payroll.  
     

    Strategic achievements to date?

    -    Doubled the headcount on my team in 18 months in order to lead a team that would operate more strategically
    -    Devised a project to enable my team to go paperless and led the project to deliver to around 500 clients 
    -    Analysed the team input and output to introduce multiple efficiencies and higher accuracy. Whilst the client base has continued to grow significantly, we have not needed to recruit since October 2018 because of this. 
    -    Maintained an engaged online audience for many years through the use of various social media platforms 

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    The sky is the limit when I consider the future of the CIPP. With all the significant changes the industry has experienced recently, the members of this institute are now regarded as experts in their field. It is now time for the CIPP to take leaps and bounds forward to ensure they are doing all that they can to encourage this vision. 
    Focus and determination must be centred around recruiting and enticing the next generation of payrollers, and members should be motivated to be a part of this. 

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  • Kristina Parkin BSc (Hons) ACMA CGMA MCIPP MIGEM

    Head of Finance ( Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers )

    Why you wish to stand?

    I would like to be part of your Board of Directors in order to contribute to the standards of the profession.  I value excellence and champion effective governance. 

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    I am a Chartered Accountant and work as Head of Finance & Business for a professional membership body.  I am responsible for all financial management, statutory reporting and investments. I develop and present budgets, performance analysis and financial accounts, and manage a portfolio of investments.  In addition, I am a Trustee of our History Fund and a Director of the Board for our subsidiary trading company. Alongside my financial experience, I am also responsible for payroll and HR and have employment law qualifications.

    Strategic achievements to date?

    I am involved at a strategic level with the governance of our Institution, including risk register, audit, quality control and documentation flow.  We have recently undergone a governance review resulting in realigning our governing structure and I am finalising the quality framework, delegated authority and terms of reference.
    I have also been involved in numerous strategy reviews and am currently developing associated business plans underpinned by financial modelling.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    I see that CIPP has a fundamental role in maintaining the competences and professionalism of members and the wider industry.  I believe that the high quality training, education and information provision will enable payroll professionals to develop their own careers and also support and develop their ability to play a strategic role within their organisations. 
    Further, the CIPP can influence the future of payroll and represent members with policy contributions and recommendations within appropriate government and financial areas. 

     

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  • Lara Smart FCIPPdip

    Consultant ( Lara Smart )

    Why you wish to stand?

    I would like to represent members of the CIPP to ensure payroll is in the spotlight,  remains a strategic business service and that the CIPP continues to offer constant structure and educational services to support in a constant changing industry. This in turn would further cement the CIPP and gain growth through membership. I am really passionate about the CIPP and would love to see it grow, expand and reach even more people. I don't believe I would be where I am today having not completed the Diploma many years ago and this drives my passion to work with the CIPP at board level. 

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    I have over 12 years experience working as a dynamic Payroll Manager across multiple country platforms with  various cultures and behaviors and across various matrix organisations. I have a wealth of experience at a strategic level working with board members and representing the breadth that Payroll as an industry can offer a business from being in the detail to strategic decisions. This level of exposure to what businesses want from payroll and how the CIPP can support members working in these businesses I believe will help me support decisions the CIPP makes. I have a worked within Bureaus, in house, as a consultant, globally, regionally and locally. I have a strong awareness of how recruitment professionals work with payroll as well as system software and service suppliers. This gives me a broad scope of experience across the industry. I currently run my own company providing consultancy services and this in turn has given me even more business knowledge. 

    Strategic achievements to date?

    Multiple UK Payroll full life cycle implementations, EU HR Shared Service centre Phase 2 implementation, EU Payroll migration from 7 countries into the UK, budget management 0.8 million, global team management across several platforms. 

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    Growth - through membership, training, education, partnering and sponsorship opportunities and being represented within the Government to support further legislation change as the industry and economy changes - further reflecting how the population should be paid.  Further driving Chartered Membership and further embedding the CIPP into a reputable qualification respected everywhere. 

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  • Louise Gray ChMCIPP

    Payroll Manager Transitions Operations and Delivery ( PWC )

    Why you wish to stand?

    I have respect for payroll and I am an evangelist in raising its profile with other chartered professions. For every problem there will be a solution. Every set back experience can be learned from and be a positive conclusion or give a positive outlook.  It is fair to say that there is a very fine line between working in payroll and masochism - payroll is a form of masochism. How am I able to respond to these emergency situations? My maturity 

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    The payroll deadline is looming, the client is unresponsive I am surrounded with despair - and the little voice in my head is saying 'Let's get this sorted'. What reserves do I call upon in these situations?  Maturity gained through age and experience. Life’s troughs and peaks build you up to cope in extreme circumstances.  Tenacity, the ability not to give up. In 1994 my financial controller called me into her office and told me that my career was over when I was 4 months pregnant. A year later I passed my Accounting Technician exams to prove what I was capable of. In 1999 I attained my CIPP foundation degree and in 2019 Chartered membership.

    Strategic achievements to date?

    On the 29th March I was awarded CIPP Chartered membership.  I am also a keen advocate in raising the profile of the payroll profession. I am on the Editorial board of Reward Strategy magazine and actively participate at UK payroll conferences. I am a proud recipient of the Reward300.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    Payroll is becoming increasingly complex, with more scrutiny from regulatory and tax authorities than ever before. Personally CIPP want to help members create a strong, high-performance payroll team with the processes in place to fulfil payroll mandatory obligations.  

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  • Martyn Cheney BA (Hons) ChFCIPPdip

    Director ( Cheney Payroll Services )

    Why you wish to stand?

    I wish to stand to be a board director of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, as I feel this is the next logical step in my career pathway. Through my work as a Non-Executive Director previously in the third sector, and running my own consultancy company, I feel that I am in an excellent position to help devise and grow the organisation, helping it to move to the next level. My 30 years of experience in the Payroll world across varying sectors, giving me the knowledge base to serve the Institute and its members to the fullest.

    What skills and experience you will bring to the CIPP?

    During my 30 years in the payroll world, I have worked across many different business sectors and in many different roles within Payroll, from input clerk to Payroll manager, to running my payroll consultancy. I have overseen the implementation of Payroll and HR software, negotiated and consulted with unions and management alike. I can continually learn and adapt to my surroundings and situations. I have served on the board of Directors of two, third sector organisations, since 2003, where I have been chair and vice-chair respectively, as well as running my own company since 2015.

    Strategic achievements to date?

    During my working life, I have implemented numerous Payroll and HR systems across varying organisations; I was on the working group implementing the restructuring of the Railway grades post-privatisation; worked with championship-winning sports teams, brought a payroll team in house, with the associated recruitment; partnered with another consultant to help four organisations implement their change programmes through restructuring their Payroll and HR provision, helped organisations save overheads, by streamlining their payroll processes; helped two membership-driven organisations grow and develop; Set up my own company, and I am in the process of expanding.

    Where do you see the future for the CIPP?

    I believe the future for the CIPP is a vibrant one and one where is continuously developing new ways to engage with the members. To do this, I believe that the organisation must continue to grow its membership through strategic partnerships in the Accounting world; be the leader in Payroll education and qualifications; be the goto place for payroll advice, to retain members after they have studied with us; to promote the Payroll profession with government and businesses; Promote individual chartered membership as the pinnacle of the trade. and work with educators to make Payroll a sort after profession.

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  • Rachel Akister ChMCIPPdip

    Payroll Manager ( Park Ellis Limited )

    Why you wish to stand?

    I would love to support the Institute which has given so much to me and so many others within the profession by being a part of it at its highest level. 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 have held two school governor positions which ensure that critical, supportive and strategic thinking are always in my mind both for planning and finances. Through this I have a strong understanding of budgets, accountability - both professional and personal, and also audit responsibilities.  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 16 years’ experience within the profession both in practice and in industry giving me a breadth of approach, understanding and knowledge. I currently hold a management position and therefore understand the leadership requirements and implications of this role. I hold a Master’s degree in Employment Law which I undertook whilst working full time so I am able to manage commitments. I am outgoing and dedicated with strong communication skills, I love meeting people, and making new connections and am alway looking for ways to promote the CIPP.  I am looking forward to being a judge for the first time in the October Excellence Awards, and am also a member of the Chartered Status assessment panel. I am also hoping to become a CIPP tutor in the future which I experience I feel would be an asset to a board director.

    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 managed a group Shared Services centre for a large FTSE 250 company which began life as two separate teams which had to be integrated. I have been involved in the strategic recruitment and planning in previous roles, and am currently working alongside the HR Project Manager on the Group-wide implementation of our new HR & Payroll system whilst also managing the Group's ever increasing payroll requirements and team.

    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, ever changing but absolutely essential sector of any business. I am extremely proud to tell
    people that I have achieved Chartered membership, and that I have made great friends via the Institute along the way! I am hoping to apply for my Fellow status shortly - all due to the incredible support offered by the CIPP.  Now with the ability for individuals to apply for Chartered Status, the future has never been brighter as the CIPP finds itself deservedly on an equal footing with other professional body institutes offering the same accolade! The CIPP truly is "Leading payroll and pension professionals through education, membership and recognition!"

     

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