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Payroll & Reward Conference

Wed Jun 3, 2020 - Thu Jun 4, 2020
09:00 - 16:00
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London

A future-focused perspective on payroll, HR, and reward


3 - 4 June 2020 

Chelsea Harbour London | London


With a combined 40 years’ experience in leading payroll events, Reward Strategy and The Payroll Centre have joined forces to create the UK’s largest independent conference. Combining technical and regulatory compliance content, this conference will provide you with all you need to run a successful payroll function.


Benefits of attending:

  • The Payroll Centre’s expert tutors will be present to go through any payroll issues or questions you may have
  • Bringing you vital updates on legislation and tax with a government official speaker
  • HR’s most pressing subject is discussed: How gig economy is affecting HR
  • Valuable experiences shared in light of GDPR
  • The latest on gender pay gap reporting from a Head of Diversity perspective
  • Excellent networking opportunities, with access to a wider audience than ever before, including the Reward 300







Following the first day, the Reward 300 will be revealed at the gala dinner.


2019 sponsors

Headline sponsor
Knowledge partners

Speakers View All


Karen Penney

Vice President Payment Products
Western Union Business Solutions

Tim Kelsey

The Payroll Centre

Julie Northover ChFCIPPdip

Payroll Specialist

Ken Gurr

Education Director
The Payroll Centre

Neil Esslemont

Head of Industry Liaison
The Pensions Regulator
Mike Tremeer

Mike Tremeer

Senior Associate

Clare Warrington

Senior Finance Manager - Payroll

Ian Holloway

Payroll Writer And Lecturer
Cintra HR & Payroll Services

John Berry

Customer Engagement Team Senior Officer

Michelle Sutton

Head of Compensation and Reward
SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd
Debra Evans

Debra Evans

Global payroll Director

Elizabeth Strong

HR Operations Manager
Kerry Group

Stacey Hooper

Payroll Supervisor
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Tim Robertson

UK Compensation & Benefits

Joanne Rees

Head of People Strategy and Planning





For the second year running, Reward Strategy and The Payroll Centre have joined two of the leading payroll conferences in the UK - Bringing together buyers and suppliers in one location, sponsorship provides you with a valuable arena to ensure your company is seen by the right people.


How to become a sponsor:


Complete the sponsorship inquiry from and a member of the Reward Strategy sales team will be in contact


Sponsorship enquiry

Sponsorship benefits:


  • Access decision-makers
  • Capture the attention of your target audience
  • Generate leads
  • Provide attendees a ’taste’ of your business
  • Gain face to face contact with key buyer
  • Differentiate your brand from competitors
  • Be seen as the provider of choice
  • Receive significant exposure via the extensive marketing campaign



Exhibiting and sponsorship options are extensive, and packages can be tailor-made to suit your individual company’s needs, for more information please contact:

Ben Miller

Commercial Director


Tel: 020 7940 4803

2019 Sponsors

Headline Sponsor
Knowledge Partners
Reward 300
Payroll 100 HR Leaders 25


2019 Agenda 



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10.30: Registration and check-in

Network with other delegates and enjoy refreshments before the conference starts

11.15 - 12.00: 1-2-1 payroll surgery sessions with The Payroll Centre's tutors

Book a session with our payroll experts to run through any specific questions or issues you need support on

12.00 - 12.45: Lunch served

12.45 - 13.15: Conference introduction, welcome and The future of payroll update

Neil Hollister, CEO, The Payroll Centre and Luke Broadhurst, CEO, Reward Strategy, Richard George and Ken Gurr, kick off the conference proceedings

13.15 - 14.00 Holistic payroll policies to drive employee happiness, customer success and a solid bottom line

As organisations navigate today’s world of political upheaval, trade tensions and digital disruption, the payroll function is tasked with maintaining consistency for employees, while transforming itself to deliver to the highest regulatory standards. This keynote will talk about the importance of holistic payroll policies to promote talent retention and company reputation. We will also talk about how Finance and Treasury departments can innovate to achieve efficiencies and manage payments in a way that reduces risk and impacts the bottom line.

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

14.00 - 14.45: The future of payroll update

Ken Gurr FCIPP MILM discusses the future changes in legislation that will impact on payroll professionals

Kenn Gurr, Payroll Training and Education Director, The Payroll Centre

14.45 - 15.15: Tea and coffee served

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Sessions

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 1 - The Ireland Update

In 2019, The Republic of Ireland moved into Real Time Information. We look at Reporting and outcomes for the change along with challenges and an update on Irish Payroll processes and procedures

Tim Kelsey, Lecturer, The Payroll Centre

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 2 - Payroll Processes: Streamlining the Workload

This is a session that will address the practical business-improvement matters for your payroll function, including continuous improvement. How have the panellists utilised technology to streamline their payroll processes?

With a focus on effective communication between payroll staff and word from the trenches, what are some ‘better’ ways of working? And there will be talk about payroll benchmarking, what should typical running costs be for a payroll function



Adele Hauxwell

Head of Payroll & HR



Clare Warrington

Senior Finance Manager Payroll


Michelle Sutton

Head of Reward & Pensions




Stacey Hooper

Payroll Supervisor

Virgin Atlantic Airways



15.15- 15.55: Breakout Session 3 - Managing a global workforce in an ever changing world

Taking you through the challenges of keeping a global workforce happy and explaining the improvements EQGlobal and PRA health sciences have worked on together to make sure employees are paid the right amount at the right time, no matter where they are in the world.

Rob Leftwich, VP Finance & Accounting EAPA, PRA Health Sciences and Faaria Choudhary, Relationship Director, EQ Global

15.55 - 16.35: Plenary session: Pension changes, reacting to Steady State

The pension regulator and pension management review re-enrollment, arriving at the steady state and the future of pension saving in the UK

Andy Nicholls, Industry Liason Manager, The Pensions Regulator

Henry Tapper, Director, First Acturial

18.30 - 23.30: Reward 300 Gala Dinner

The highly anticipated Reward 300 Gala Dinner will reveal the 2019 index.

DAY 2: THURSDAY 6th June

From 08.00: Registration, coffee and croissants

09.15 - 09.55: Fostering the Payroll / Reward Relationship

Regardless of your reporting line i.e. HR or Finance, the overall relationship between payroll and reward and HR should involve more collaboration in order that end-to-end pay management (from strategy, to policy, to communication and payment) is joined-up. This panel will host several senior reward professionals to talk about nurturing a strong payroll/reward relationship in order to better attract, engage and retain talent – all whilst ensuring compliance with regulation and a cohesive company strategy. Discussions will also be had around rewarding and retaining talent in a more digitally-aligned world of work



Amber Pritchard


Reward Strategy

Elizabeth Strong

HR Operations Manager – UK

Kerry Group

Megan O’Shaughnessy

Senior Consumer Reward



Ian Hodson

Head of Reward/Deputy Director of Human Resources

University of Lincoln


09.55 - 10.35: Plenary session - Employment law

Mike Tremeer, from Fladgate LLP, takes us through key areas that have effected the HR and Payroll industry with respect to employment law.

Mike Tremeer, Employment Partner, Fladgate LLP

10.35 - 11.00: Tea and coffee served

11:00 - 11.55: Breakout Sessions

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout Session 1 - Opra - 12 months on - A benefits update


With the article 50 triggered and the transition period started we review the UK's exit and its current impact on payroll and employment

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout session 2 - Payroll Technology Survey

Technology is evolving within the Payroll arena faster than it ever has. Ceridian and Reward Strategy have commissioned a report to explore the trend and applications of technology within the industry. Join this session and hear from Ceridian’s Brian Sparling as he reveals the findings of the study.


Brian Sparling, Payroll Delivery Manager, Ceridian

11.00 - 11.45: Breakout session 3 - IR35, Working Status and the Private Sector

IR35 Off Payroll working moves into the private sector from April 2020. This session looks at the history, processes and how it will effect companies. It will also look at the effects on payroll and what planning needs to be considered


Clare Warner, The Payroll Center

11:55 - 12:30: HMRC "Question Time"

Following the format of the popular television program

  • Key stakeholders from HMRC and the Payroll Industry answer questions set by the audience
  • Experts answering questions
  • Opportunity to ask questions about HMRC

John Berry, Customer Engagement Officer, HMRC


12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch served

13.30 - 14.10: Breakout Session

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 1 - International payroll and HR update

This session will look at key payroll changes happening around the globe and highlight some of the issues you should consider exploring further if you have responsibility for payrolls overseas. Topics to be addressed include:

Introduction of tax withholding in France

Changes to expat rules in the Netherlands

Digital Tax in Poland


Tim Kelsey, Lecturer, The Payroll Centre

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 2 - The Brexit Update


Following months of political upheaval and ambiguity affecting all manners business; this session will address what we know now. As the dust begins to somewhat settle; the panel of speakers will speak honestly about the repercussions, how their payroll operations have been affected and the work ahead for them.



Lou Gray

PwC Complete Payroll - Payroll Manager Operations and Delivery




Coral Dunlop

Payroll Manager



Debra Evans

Global Payroll Director




Elizabeth Strong

HR Operations Manager – UK

Kerry Group

Daniel Charvill

Director, Legal

Western Union

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 3 - UK devolution in work and payroll

The United Kingdom is becoming increasingly disunited as the implications of devolution impact UK payroll professionals on a day-to-day basis. Ian will look at each of the devolved nations and the issues that we have to be consider in our working lives, including:

  • Employment law
  • Student Loans
  • Statutory Payments
  • Income Tax
  • Skills

This session aims to deliver the message that, just because it comes from London, does not mean that it applies the same in each nation that makes-up our United Kingdom’.


Ian Holloway, Head of Legislation and Compliance, Cintra

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session 1 -Trends and Challenges in the Client Payroll

A session looking at Payroll Bureaus including trends, challenges and best practice for large and small bureaus

Julie Northover, Payroll Specialist, PayPartner

14:15 - 15:00 Breakout Session 2 - Pay Gap Reporting and its future

The second "snapshot" date has past so we look at the results from the first return, changes for 2019, Executive Pay Ratio Reporting and what else is coming in the future.


Gill Dale-Skey, The Payroll Centre

Christine Tarrant, The Payroll Centre

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session 3 - NMW and employment status

This session reviews the changes, advice and support, and case law that effects employing and paying staff for the work they do (or don’t!), when, how are where they do it and how to treat holiday payments and what to include


Sue Fisher, Payroll Tutor, The Payroll Centre

15:00 - 15:15: Tea and coffee served

15:15 - 15:45: Making Careers in Payroll



In this session, Lou Gray takes us through her career in the payroll industry so far, highlighting areas of growth and opportunity.


Lou Gray, PwC Complete Payroll - Payroll Manager Operations and Delivery, PwC

15:45 - 16:20: Conference round up, key learnings and what does the future hold?
We review key deliveries, statements and learnings from the conference, feedback and questions received from the sessions and what the future and trends look like being in the coming
Richard George, Education Director, The Payroll Centre

16:20 - 16:30: Conference closes

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The location for the Payroll & Reward Conference is The Chelsea Harbour Hotel.


Chelsea Harbour Drive
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Includes: Access to the conference on the 5 and 6 June and a single seat in the Silver zone at the Reward 300 dinner


Includes: Access to the conference on 5 or 6 June only
In-house/Client Super early bird ticket £732 + VAT £454 + VAT 28 February
In-house/Client early bird ticket £782 + VAT £570 + VAT 18 April
In-house/Client normal rate £832 + VAT £670 + VAT 5 June
Supplier rate £1495 + VAT* - Available now


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Charity / non-profit rates are available. For more information please call 020 7940 4832.


The 10th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards - 5 June


The Reward 300 2019 Gala Dinner has evolved to become The 10th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards.


2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the index, and to mark this special occasion we have evolved the recognition element to award the leading light from each of the seven sections.


The celebratory evening will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, in London, on 5 June. This follows the first day of the Payroll & Reward Conference, headline sponsored by Western Union Business Solutions.


*Supplier tickets do not include a seat at The Reward 300 Gala Dinner. A single seat can be purchased as a bolt on to a standard conference ticket for £199.


Learn more


Want to know more about the conference, the agenda, or wish to book? Simply call:


Jamie Thomas
Delegate Sales Executive
Tel: 020 7940 4832


Direction and location


The location for the 2019 Payroll & Reward Conference will be The Chelsea Harbour Hotel.

For more information regarding booking accommodation please contact our Events Team.


Chelsea Harbour Drive
SW10 0XG





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The 11th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards


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The Reward 300 2020 Gala Dinner has evolved to become The 11th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards.


2020 marks the 11th anniversary of the index, and to mark this special occasion we have evolved the recognition element to award the leading light from each of the seven sections.


The celebratory evening will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, in London, on 4 June. This follows the first day of the Payroll & Reward Conference.



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