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Payroll Autumn Update Conference Full Agenda


Registration, networking and breakfast


Opening address


Amber-Ainsley Pritchard, Editor, Reward Strategy



  • Start the day with a short meditation grounding and connecting us all.
  • Put your week, day and outside worries away to enter fully and presently into the day ahead.

Gabi Macra, Co-Founder, OpenMind Wellbeing


Keynote: From blind man to Ironman: A personal journey

  • What it was like for Haseeb to lose his sight at the age of 20 and the barriers he faced
  • How Haseeb overcame adversity, addressed the challenges he faced as a blind person and what this meant when he entered the world of work
  • His experience of discovering he had a talent for triathlons and running
  • The interconnectedness of Haseeb’s work and sport, and, what this means in respect of his EDI role

Haseeb Ahmad, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust


Keynote: The future of pensions

  • Introduction to the pension’s dashboard
  • Automatic enrolment - what happens next?
  • What will the workplace pension landscape look like in ten years?
  • Data quality issues around pensions

Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London and Former Pensions Minister


Break, networking and refreshments


The macro ecomonic outlook in the UK: Impacts and payroll

  • Insightful discussion into macro economic outlook in UK
  • How payroll will be impacted now and in the future

Karen Penny, Vice President Payment Products, Western Union Business Solutions

Martin Beck, Lead UK Economist, Oxford Economics


Policies on leave: Maternity vs paternity

  • Discussing The Telegraph’s new equal leave policy
  • Challenges and outcomes of the policy over the last year
  • Future of parental leave

Asif Sadiq MBE, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, The Telegraph


Employment law update

  • Holiday pay reference period 2020
  • One sided flexibility
  • Neonatal leave and pay
  • Shared parental leave and pay
  • NDA’s
  • Employment particulars
  • Age discrimination

Madeleine Mould, Solicitor, Blake Morgan


Lunch, networking and refreshments






Segmentation of rewards: Changing demographics, changing expectations

  • Tailoring rewards to different generations
  • Impact of generational values on reward
  • Personalised rewards vs one size fits all
  • Experience vs tangible rewards

Chair: Hazel Robinson, Associate Director: Reward, Recognition and Payroll, Brunel University London


Elly Murphy, Benefits Partner, LV

Suzanne Foody, Benefits and Reward Manager, Senior Sunrise Living UK

Megan O’Shaughnessy, Senior Consumer Reward, BT

John Lionis, Senior Compensation and Benefits UK Region, Chanel

Payroll update 2020/2021

  • Tax
  • National Insurance
  • Employment allowance
  • Car benefits
  • Sick pay
  • Northern Ireland government
  • Student loans – Scotland
  • Assembly elections - 2021

Ian Holloway, Head of Legislation and Compliance, Cintra

Spotlight on service: What you should be asking your global payroll provider

  • The payroll process – Behind the scenes and what it really takes to run your global payroll
  • In country providers & Vendors – The relationships your Service provider needs to operate successfully
  • Compliance around the world – Understanding the complexities involved in getting your people paid
  • Partnership & Responsibilities – The duty of care needed on both sides to deliver a world class service


Alex Yeo, Senior Commercial Manager, Immedis


Future of AI-only payroll processing

  • Impact of technology and AI on payroll
  • Efficiency/cost reduction
  • Implementing AI into culture
  • User experience

Chair: Hazel Robinson, Associate Director: Reward, Recognition and Payroll, Brunel University London


Lou Grey, Payroll Manager Operations Delivery, EY

Karen Beckett, Head of Payroll & Benefits, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Stacey Hooper, Payroll Supervisor, Virgin Atlantic

Heidi Watson, Payroll Manager, Benefit Cosmetics

IR35 Update

  • Latest update on IR35
  • What you need to know from April 2020

Julie Northover, Payroll Specialist, PayPartner

Overcoming challenges to create a successful global payroll

  • Main challenges impacting global payroll 2020
  • Monitoring global compliance
  • Balancing local flexibility with global standardisation
  • Overcoming challenges of managing multiple providers

Chair: Dianne Hoodless, EMEA Payroll Manager, Hyperion Insurance Group


Wendy Muirhead, Vice President, Ceridian

Elizabeth Strong, Employee Services Manager, Kerry Group

Olivia Dunham, Head of Global Payroll and Employment Tax, Cambridge University Press


Pay transparency: Tackling pay gaps

  • Gender/Ethnicity/LGBT/CEO
  • Pay reporting on gaps – possibly new requirements

Chair: Hazel Robinson, Associate Director: Reward, Recognition and Payroll, Brunel University London


Charles Cotton, Senior Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD

Joanne Rees, Head of People Strategy & Planning, Marks and Spencer

Aaron Mudd, European Pay and Benefits Manager, Lush Cosmetics

Mat Davies, HR Director, Addison Lee

The tapered annual allowance 3 years on


  • Impact of tapered annual allowance - the last 3 years
  • Future of the pensions taper
  • Importance of clear communication and raising awareness

Chair: Ian Holloway, Head of Legislation and Compliance, Cintra


Michelle Sutton, Head of Compensation and Reward, SUEZ

Clare Warrington, Senior Finance Manager - Payroll, Gist

Shaun Tetley, Payroll and Pensions Manager, Portsmouth City Council & Gosport Borough Council

Creating successful reward practices across cultures

  • Creating consistency in reward while adapting to different cultures
  • Determining best strategy across company cultures

Chair: Dianne Hoodless, EMEA Payroll Manager, Hyperion Insurance Group


Adele Hauxwell, Senior Manager - HR & Payroll, Trident Employment Services (Guernsey)

Rosemary Lemon, Group Head of Reward, Hays

Toria McCahill, Former Chief People Officer, Asto UK


Break, networking and refreshments




Option 1: Payrolling benefits

Option 2: Financial wellbeing

Option 3: Pay gaps

Option 4: Parental leave and pay

Option 5: IR35

Option 6: Yoga movement roundable


State of play in the on-demand economy

  • Exploring changes in the on-demand economy
  • Direction of legislative change in the UK
  • Looking at changes across Europe

Tarun Tawakley, Head of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation, Deliveroo


Brief introduction to epigenetics


Addressing employee wellbeing

  • Encouraging employees to openly talk about health and wellbeing
  • Likelihood of ‘parity of esteem’
  • Employer run saving schemes
  • Access to good value insurance policies

Chair: Amber-Ainsley Pritchard


Laura Todd, Global Inclusion & Wellbeing Director, Capita

Michelle Sutton, Head of Compensation and Reward, SUEZ

Tom Stubbs, Chief Executive, Chronomics


Conference close followed by The Rewards at 19:00

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