25th Annual Payroll Conference and Awards Ceremony – A resounding success!Sunday, September 20th, 2009
The thrilling surrounding of Alton Towers Theme Park resort played host to the Institute of Payroll Professionals 25th Annual Payroll Conference and Awards Ceremony on the 15th – 17th September.
The main aim of the industry’s premier three-day event, held at the theme park’s Conference Centre, was to provide those who work in payroll with continuing education by teaching them about legislative changes, professional development and industry best practice. It also created a perfect environment for individuals to network and share ideas with fellow professionals, speakers and exhibitors.
The conference programme consisted of over 20 workshops, learning sessions, training courses, and a ‘Caribbean’ inspired dinner as well as the 6th Annual Payroll and Pensions Excellence Awards.
The wide range of workshops allowed delegates to tailor their time at the conference to suit their needs. Whether delegates were new to the industry or responsible for payroll at a strategic, managerial or specialist level, there was something for everyone.
Plenary sessions and workshops were delivered by some of the industry’s most notable and influential figures and covered the latest trends and issues affecting the industry.
- Payroll during the recession
- Contractual expenses and benefits
- Payroll management
- Strategic payroll
- Public Service Pensions
- Legislation updates
- Skills for payroll
Speakers at the event included Phil Nilson, Employer Strategy Manager at HMRC and number one in Payroll World’s top 50 most influential payroll figures 2009, and Sean Orford, a fully qualified and accredited Occupational Psychotherapist.
The Caribbean dinner on the 15th of September included an authentic hog roast followed by entertainment from a steel drum band and limbo dancers. The event provided a great opportunity for attendees to network with peers, speakers, exhibitors and the IPP staff.
The highlight of the event was the 6th IPP Payroll and Pensions Excellence Awards Ceremony held on 16th September, with over 250 attendees. This prestigious event provided the occasion for payroll and pensions professionals to be recognised for their outstanding achievements over the last year. Hosting the awards was TV personality Roy Walker.
This year’s winners were:
- Practitioner of the Year 2009: Ken Gurr FIPP Minst LM
- Manager of the Year 2009: Anita Holden MIPPdip
- Employer of the Year 2009: ADP
- Team of the Year 2009: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Innovation Award 2009: Dataplan Payroll Ltd
- Payroll Service Provider of the Year 2009 – 301 or more clients: ADP
- Payroll Service Provider of the Year 2009 – less than 300 clients: Midland HR
- The IPP Working Partnership Award 2009: Margaret Thomson FIPP
- The IPP Lifetime Achievement Award 2009: Ian Whyteside
- The Pensions Faculty Special Award 2009: The Universities Superannuation Scheme Communications Team
DB Schenker Rail (UK) Payroll, Carousel Logistics Ltd, Babcock Infrastructure Services and Armstrong Watson were also congratulated for achieving the Institute of Payroll Professionals Payroll Quality Partnership (PQP) accreditation over the last 12 months.
Lindsay Melvin, CEO of the Institute of Payroll Professionals, said: “With the recession placing extra work on the desks of payroll departments, this year’s Annual Payroll Awards provided the perfect opportunity to honour the contribution of leading practitioners within the industry. We were delighted with the quality of the entries this year, and my congratulations go out to all the winners.
“This year’s conference was also an overwhelming success, providing the perfect opportunity for payroll professionals to network with one another and develop new relationships. We had an outstanding list of keynote speakers and I am sure members gained some useful information from this talented group. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2010.”
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