Payroll welcomes first Chartered Members

17 January 2018

Chartered membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients and reduce risk for organisations due to the knowledge, support and education of their payroll professionals.

Chartered membership is only available through the CIPP, the only Chartered membership organisation for payroll professionals in the UK, and is an accreditation bestowed upon individuals who meet the standards outlined by the professional body and Government through the Privy Council.  The first recipients of this prestigious accolade are:

  • Michelle Crook MSc ChFCIPPdip, Payroll director, ESOS (deceased November 2016, Chartered membership received posthumously)
  • Christina Forsey ChMCIPPdip, First Group Plc, Head of payroll
  • Elaine Gibson MSc ChFCIPPdip, MCMI, FHEA, Education director, CIPP
  • Eira Hammond ChFCIPPdip, Eira Consulting Ltd, Director
  • Daniel Hancock  MSc ChFCIPPdip, DFDS Seaways, Payroll manager
  • Helen Hargreaves MSc ChFCIPPdip, Associate director of policy and membership, CIPP
  • John Stonestreet ChMCIPPdip, Essex Police and Kent Police, Head of payroll and pensions
  • Karen Thomson MSc ChFCIPPdip, FHEA, Armstrong Watson LLP, Director – Group Payroll Services
  • Neil Tonks ChMCIPPdip, MHR, Legislation manager
  • Ian Walters MSc ChFCIPPdip, FHEA, SDWORX , Learning and development director       

Speaking on the achievement of Chartered membership for the first recipients, Ken Pullar FCIPP, CEO of the CIPP stated: “Chartered membership for payroll professionals is an excellent achievement for the individuals, the profession and the CIPP, and I congratulate those who have received the first accreditations”. 

“The introduction of this grade of membership and recognition of the profile of payroll in the UK from the Privy Council will really help the CIPP in raising the profile of payroll within businesses.”

Payroll is an ever changing profession with legislation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Gender Pay Gap Reporting, automatic enrolment for pensions and Working Time Regulations all impacting the industry. Payroll is also a ‘silent’ strategic business department with a wealth of information which could, and should, be used to shape employee engagement and wellbeing strategies.

Chartered Members of the CIPP will be able to demonstrate strategic value to their organisations, as well as ensuring that they are prepared and compliant with changes that affect them.

For more information on becoming a Chartered Member click here.