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Payroll & Reward Conference

Wed Jun 5, 2019 - Thu Jun 6, 2019
09:00 - 16:00
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London

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


5 - 6 June 2019 


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


2019 Speakers View All

2019 Speakers

Karen Penney

Vice President Payment Products
Western Union Business Solutions

Tim Kelsey

The Payroll Centre

Henry Tapper

Pension Playpen

Julie Northover

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

Head of Legislation & Compliance
Cintra HR & Payroll

John Berry

Customer Engagement Team Senior Officer

Lou Gray

Payroll Manager

Michelle Sutton

Head of Reward & Pensions
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

Head of Reward

Joanne Rees

Head of Reward - M&S HR



The 2019 agenda at a glance


The full breakdown of sessions and complete speaker list will be released soon. To stay up to date with the latest news and the release of the full 2019 agenda you can subscribe to the newsletter today.





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 and welcome

Neil Hollister, CEO, The Payroll Centre and Luke Broadhurst, CEO, Reward Strategy, 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

14.45 - 15.15: Tea and coffee served

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Sessions

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 1 - Data protection in the future

A review of how GDPR has affected the payroll industry and changes with the Data Protection Bill

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 2 - Trends and challenges in the payroll bureau

A roundtable discussion exploring the trends, challenges and best practices for large and small bureaux

15.15- 15.55: Breakout Session 3 - OpRA 12 months on, a benefits update

With grandfather protection at an end we review salary sacrifice in 2019, OpRA and changes to P11d returns under the new rules

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

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: Plenary session: HR and the gig economy

Key speaker covers the latest issues facing HR and payroll in the gig economy

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.

10.35 - 11.00: Tea and coffee served

11:00 - 11.55: Breakout Sessions

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout Session 1 - The Brexit 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 - Workplace Benefits

What's hot and what's not when reviewing employee benefits, we look at case studies and benefit packages to understand value in real organisations

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout session 3 - The Ireland Update

In 2019, The Republic of Ireland moved into Real Time Information, the session explores reporting and outcomes for the change along with challenges and an update on Irish payroll processes and procedures.

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.


12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch served

13.30 - 14.10: Breakout Session

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

Tim Kelsey takes the audience through important changes and updates in the world of international payroll

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 2 - Making tax digital - the accountant / bureau view

Small business have now moved in to Real-Time Reporting, this round table session explores lessons learned, client experiences and feedback from peers on good practice and process.

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

This session breaks the UK down in to the four devolved countries and looks and the employment, payroll and legal differences and specifics of each nation and what needs to be considered.


14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session 1 - IR35 in the public and private sector

IR35 - Off Payrolling working rules have been live in the Public Sector since 2017 and, with the announcement in the Autumn budget, we look at the process so far, the Check Employment Status for Tax test (CEST) and its implications in the private sector from April 2020.

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.

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

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

15:15 - 15:45: Employee well-being
This interesting session looks at how organisations develop an effective approach to employee financial well being, understanding the issues and worries employees may have and how organisations can assist

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

16:20 - 16:30: Conference closes

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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

Reward 300


The 10th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards

The 10th Anniversary Reward 300 Gala Dinner & Awards

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.










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


Book your ticket


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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