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The Rewards

17:00 - 23:00
Hilton London Bankside, London

For its 11th year, The Rewards will be back in-person on 7 December. Don’t miss the most distinguished event in the industry’s calendar

The Rewards will be back, in-person, on 7 December! As the UK’s transition towards a new normal progresses steadily, the reward and payroll community continues to play a vital role in keeping the economy together.


Stories of unwavering support, astute solutions, and relentless efforts throughout this trying period are waiting to be shared. Now is the time to shine a light on the teams and companies that have continuously gone above and beyond! Your mission is simple:


• Look at the many categories available that celebrate excellence in payroll, HR, pensions, reward and employee benefits

• Select the ones that are relevant to you, your teams and your business

• Take the time to build a powerful, inspiring story

• Submit your nomination


Nominate now





With 23 categories to choose from, The Rewards are a unique chance to celebrate being part of a highly committed, resourceful and driven community.
Here are just some of the categories you should consider this year:




The Rewards are the industry’s leading independent pay and reward awards. Returning for the 11th year, the awards ceremony is a night to remember for everyone attending, including key payroll, reward, pension and HR decision makers. Here’s why you should attend:

  • Make your team feel valued: Celebrating the industry’s outstanding achievements will stress the vital role played by your team
  • Inspire your teams to be the best they can be by looking at the independently judged ’best in class’
  • Be a supportive voice in the community by cheering for the rising stars and leaders
  • Seize your chance to network with top names in the industry
  • Embark on a fun evening and enjoy an excuse to dress up again (and not just from the waist up!)



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2020 speakers View All

2020 speakers

Aaron Mudd

Global Payroll and Benefits
DECIEM | The Abnormal Beauty Company

Adele Hauxwell

Payroll Manager

Amiel Barrimond

Global Reward Manager
Dixons Carphone

Brian Lee

Payroll Admin

Brian Sparling

Senior Global Operations Manager

Elizabeth Strong

European Employee Services Lead
Kerry Group

Hazel Robinson

Reward & Benefits Partner
Arsenal Football Club

Heidi Watson

Payroll and Benefits Manager
Swan Housing Group

Henry Tapper

Chief Executive

Ian Davis

Head of Payroll
Direct Line Group

Ian Hodson

Head of Reward
University of Lincoln

Jamie Flarry

Employee Accounting Manager

john stonestreet

head of payroll and pensions
essex police and kent police

Julie Northover

Payroll Specialist

Kay Ingram

Director of Public Policy
LEBC Group

Ken Pullar

Chief Executive

Kevin Waller

Training & Compliance Manager

Liz Robins

Managing Partner
AS Robins LLP

Lou Gray

Payroll Manager
Ernst & Young LLP

Mareena Flint

HR Director
Everyday Loans

Maria Stark

EMEA Payroll & HR Services Manager
Aveva Solutions

Megan O’Shaughnessy

Head of consumer reward

Michelle Sutton

Head of Compensation and Reward

Neil Robson


Rebecca Mullins


Sian Evans

Director of HR Operations
StepChange Debt Charity

Simon Parsons

Director UK Compliance Strategies
SD Worx

Stu Clennell

Head of Payroll Operations

Susan Ball

Employer Solutions Partner

Suzanne Foody

Benefits & Reward Manager
Sunrise Senior Living UK

Tim Robertson

UK Compensation & Benefits

Tracey Newton

Director of Colleague Experience
Yorkshire Building Society

Winners 2020


Winners 2020


Shortlist 2020


Each year the awards are independently judged and culminate in a prestigious black tie dinner and ceremony at The London Hilton Bankside, providing an excellent forum for celebrating success and unparalleled networking opportunities.


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Best Business Award

sponsored by Ceridian

Crowe UK – Employment Tax and Share Plans

Best Employer Award

sponsored by Ceridian


Best Leader Award

sponsored by CIPP

Annette McDermott, Howden Group Holdings

Best Manager Award

sponsored by CIPP

Rachel Eblett, YBS

Best Reward Strategy

YBS Reward Team

Crisis Management Award

Howden Group Holdings - HR Operations Team - Payroll

Customer Service Award

Intelligo's Managed Service Payroll Department

Employee Benefits Provider Award


Global Payroll Award

sponsored by Cintra HR and Payroll Services


In-house Team Award

sponsored by Cintra HR and Payroll Services

Payroll Howden Group Holdings

Innovation Award

sponsored by Immedis

SSCL (Shared Services Connected)

Next Generation Award

Shadon Jarman, Adecco Group UK & Ireland

Payments Provider Award


Payroll & HR Provider Award

sponsored by The Payroll Centre


Payroll and HR Software Product Award

sponsored by Cintra HR and Payroll Services


Public Sector Team Award

Essex Police and Kent Police

Rising Star Award

sponsored by Cintra HR and Payroll Services

Ryan Witter, Howden Group Holdings

Service Provider Team Award

sponsored by The Payroll Centre

SSCL (Shared Services Connected) - Payroll Team

Specialist Payroll & HR Provider Award

FC Payroll Solutions

Technology Award

Zest Technology

Wellbeing Provision Award

University of Lincoln - Wellbeing Virtualisation Project

The Reward 300 Award

John Stonestreet, Essex Police and Kent Police

Payroll Leader


Reward Industry Luminary

Lisa Grover, The Salvation Army

Knowledge & Professional Services Leader

Barry Matthews, Paycircle

Pension Professional Leader

Kay Ingram, LEBC

HR Leader

Mareena Flint, Everyday Loans

Employee Benefits Expert

Laura Jackson, Credit Suisse

Employment Lawyer Leader

Madeleine Mould, Blake Morgan




The Rewards 2021 categories



Click on one of the categories below and login or register for free to view the entry page, what the judges are looking for and to start your entries. From there you can enter as many categories as you wish and can edit and return to your entries as many times as you like before the final deadline.



Early entry until 3 September: £150 +VAT per entry

Final entry until 1 October: £250 +VAT per entry


NB: Reward Strategy and Reward 300 members get discounted and/or complimentary entry fees. To find out more contact Ioana Damu by email here.



All materials will remain confidential to the judges. Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice, but permission will be sought from entrants before publishing.



By entering the awards, you are agreeing to our terms & conditions. Please click here to view the full terms & conditions.


It’s mandatory for shortlisted companies to have at least one representative at the awards ceremony to collect their award should they win. Therefore, every shortlisted entry has a single seat at the Awards Dinner. Entrants reaching the provisional shortlist will be contacted prior to the public announcement of the full shortlist to pay for your reserved seat and discuss optional table bookings and promotional opportunities. The shortlist will not include entrants who have not secured their seat as once the shortlist is announced publicly, tables sell fast. Therefore, to ensure the full shortlist can attend we have put this measure in place.



Please contact Ioana Damu via email.


View all categories

Best Business Award

Nominations welcome from businesses in the payroll, HR, pensions, benefits and reward space that can quantify their success, growth and innovation..

View criteria

Best Employer Award

Nominations welcome from companies in reward, payroll, HR, pensions and benefits, that can quantify their staff satisfaction levels and demonstrate a commitment to employee engagement and development.

View criteria

Best Leader Award

Nominations welcome for senior payroll, HR, pensions and reward managers who are widely recognised by colleagues and staff as inspirational, people-focused leaders.

View criteria

Best Manager Award

Applications welcome from payroll, HR, pensions and reward managers who have demonstrated outstanding performance.

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Best Rebrand

Applications welcome from any suppliers in the pay and reward space that has had a successful and impactful rebrand since 1 April 2020.

View criteria

Best Reward Strategy

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that can show they have an innovative reward strategy which engages and enhances their employees’ lives.

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Crisis Management Award

Nominations welcome from both in-house and supplier teams within payroll, reward, HR, benefits and pensions, that have proactively and efficiently dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak.

View criteria

Customer Service Award

Applications welcome from payroll, HR, benefits, pensions and reward teams or service providers that can quantify and demonstrate outstanding customer service since 1 April 2020.

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Diversity & Inclusion Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has promoted diversity and inclusion within their own workforce, as well as organisations that have contributed to industry-wide initiatives.

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Employee Benefits Provider Award

Applications welcome from employee benefits providers.

View criteria

Global Payroll Award

Applications welcomed by payroll teams dealing with global, multi-country or expatriate payrolls, who are delivering cost-effective and accurate payrolls.

View criteria

In-house Team Award

Applications welcome from in-house payroll, HR, pensions and reward teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

View criteria

Innovation Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has carried out a project to introduce, innovate or transform a system.

View criteria

Next Generation Award

Applications welcome from any apprentice or student, in the reward profession, whether that be payroll, benefits, HR or pensions* and be actively studying.

View criteria

Payments Provider Award

Applications welcome from organisations delivering international and/or UK-based payroll payments.

View criteria

Payroll & HR Provider Award

Applications welcome from providers of payroll and HR systems and software products, new or existing.

View criteria

Payroll & HR Software Product Award

Applications welcome from providers of outsourced, fully-managed or bureau services.

View criteria

Public Sector Team Award

Applications welcome from in-house public sector payroll, HR, pensions and benefits teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

View criteria

Rising Star Award

Applications welcome from all payroll, HR, pensions, employee benefits and reward staff that have less than three years’ industry service.

View criteria

Service Provider Team Award

Applications welcome from bureau or outsourced payroll, HR and reward teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

View criteria

Specialist Payroll & HR Provider Award

Applications welcome from providers of specialist or niche outsourced, fully-managed or bureau services.

View criteria

Technology Award

Applications welcome from in-house teams or software/service providers. Applications should highlight how technology has helped to enhance work in the payroll, HR, pensions, benefits or reward space, providing significant benefits to service provision since 1 April 2020.

View criteria

Workplace Pension Provider Award

Applications welcome from organisations supplying workplace pension schemes compliant with auto-enrolment legislation.

View criteria




The Rewards is the biggest and most esteemed awards scheme in the rewards, payroll and HR calendar. Sponsorship offers an invaluable opportunity to position your business and brand at the forefront of innovation and success.


How will you benefit:

  • Unrivaled access to an engaged audience of the most senior executives in the industry
  • Significant brand exposure pre and post event through our extensive marketing and editorial coverage
  • Be seen as the ‘go to’ company within that specific category of the market
  • Align your brand with the stand out achievers and operators in the UK reward, payroll, and HR industry

Become a sponsor


Place yourself at the heart of an opulent celebration, recognising the successes of an eventful industry year as well as cementing and building contacts to grow and evolve your business.


It’s time to get involved. Guarantee you get the best out of this by contacting our team via email.




Reward & Payroll Summit



Taking pace during the day of The Rewards, the Reward & Payroll Summit focuses on the key trends and challenges across the pay and reward landscape, including the effects Covid-19 has had on both employers and employees.


You will have the opportunity to hear from key speakers working within reward. They will share their experiences over the last year - how they, their teams and companies have adapted for the future.


Topics covered will include financial wellbeing, employee engagement, taboo subjects such as menopause and fertility policies and impending legislation that was halted or suspended as a result of the virus. We will also look at the changing approach to flexible working and why employee communication is important now more than ever.



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As we celebrate the return to normalcy with the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, we want to reiterate our commitment to follow government guidelines to deliver a safe, enjoyable evening.

We hope you will join us for a celebratory evening of industry achievements by selecting one of the below options.

Please remember that the earlier you book, the more you save, as there will be prices increments up until 9 December.


Ticket options


Three-course meal, incl. coffee and petit fours
Half a bottle of wine per person
Unlimited water
Top location
2 bottles of champagne and 10 beer bottles in a bucket
Super early bird price


Final Price


Platinum Table

(For 10 people)

Gold Table

(For 10 people)

Silver Table

(For 10 people)

Bronze Table

(For 10 people)

Single Ticket (Silver Zone - min 2 tickets)

√ (closest to the stage)


(Save £1,000)


(Save £950)


(Save £650)


(Save £600)


£5,950 £5,450 £4,900 £4,050 £500*









*Minimum of 2 tickets


Until the government guidelines are clearer around bigger events taking place, we are offering our customers a non-refundable table deposit option which will allow you to secure your table in your desired location but will also transfer into a company license if the event is unable to be run physically. For more information, please contact

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