2017 speaker directory
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As the most senior person in the organisation whose primary responsibility is payroll and related activities, development and control of all tasks necessary to accomplish the company payroll processing objectives and compliance and to manage relationships with internal and external customers, auditors and outsource providers ensuring a high level of customer service is provided.
With a vast experience of global management and leadership skills, proven implementation successes both in software selection and project management and implementation, to selection and due diligence of potential overseas payroll service providers.
Having experience of in-house and bureau payroll management this has equipment me with key skills to manage the team resources ensuring we have the correct people to do the correct job allowing the team to handle a high volume of complex payrolls in a cost efficient and accurate manner.
Education of the team in the importance of communication and to understand cultural differences and expectations of our global employees as well as the importance of process has delivered us success on the global platform.
Successfully centralised the global payrolls of the company across the regions of EMEA, ASIAPAC and Caspian Regions into the payroll team housed in our head office in the UK not only centralising the function but in doing so brought in continuity of process, controls and eliminating risk. Countries include:
A great believer in coaching and mentoring to ensure individuals reach their full potential professionally. In my free time I tutor for the CIPP supporting students studying towards their FD in payroll management and students studying towards the payroll technician certificate.
Nick Pedersen heads up Equiniti International Payments and is responsible for driving business growth in the UK and instilling a culture of innovation across the fintech space. Nick’s track record of growing businesses and developing innovative products in the financial services sector includes six years at Citigroup, where he was most recently responsible for growing the bank’s fintech and payments portfolio of clients, as well as their product suite, after joining the bank to build out their mid-cap Corporate Foreign Exchange sales business. As a leading provider of foreign exchange and international payments services to businesses, Equiniti International Payments is continuing to evolve and Nick is instrumental in defining new markets and facilitating the growth of the product portfolio.
Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies
SD Worx UK & Ireland
Simon Parsons MSc FCIPPDip MBCS is the Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies for SD Worx UK (formerly Ceridian UK). He holds both the CIPP Diploma and Master of Science in Payroll Management. Simon is a professional member of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), currently Vice Chair of BCS Payroll and a founding committee member and currently Chair of IReeN, the Electronic Exchange with Government user group, with SD Worx Electronic Exchange being the single largest private submitter of electronic data with HM Revenue & Customs.
He also sits on a number of HMRC, DWP, BIS consultation panels as well as being regular contributor to Payroll, Pension, HR and Employment Benefit articles. Simon was awarded the prestigious Strathearn Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 by the Pay & Benefits magazine, named “Person of the year 2006” by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, has been listed in the Payroll World Top 50 and also receiving the Payroll Alliance Award for Advancing the Payroll Profession in 2010.
With regards to Pension and pension schemes, he has been a Pension Trustee since 1997 and is the architect of the award winning SD Worx Auto-Enrolment solution. SD Worx maintain that Payroll is critical to the success of pension reform requirements and critical in the role of making AE assessment. Any AE pension project that ignores the role of payroll is doomed.
I’ve worked in payroll for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors dealing with in-house, bureau and manged service payrolls.
I’m a full member with the CIPP and regularly attend updates and think tanks to support and network with other payroll specialists on the ever changing world of payroll compliance.
The past three years have been spent at LV= where there is an outsourced managed service. Working within the HR department, no two days are the same and I provide payroll technical advice to our HR Support team, ensuring our provider follows policies and legislation requirements along with payroll SME support to the wider Business.
I’ve worked on several projects whilst at LV= including the implementation of a new HR/Payroll system including a change of payroll service provider, technical advice for a new flexible Benefits system and more recently a payroll SME for the Apprenticeship Levy Work stream.
Ian is the Reward and Benefits Manager at the University of Lincoln overseeing all aspects of reward including payroll, pensions, role evaluation and employee benefits. Having started his career in finance before moving specifically in to payroll and pensions Ian has a background in both the public and private sector having previously worked for Moy Park, Egg PLC and Lincolnshire County Council.
A firm believer and champion in the importance of pay and benefits as a driver for change and supporting organisational agendas Ian has previously overseen teams that have been acknowledged for their achievements at sector awards for pay and benefits.
Ian has been in the payroll profession for nearly 30 years, processing hundreds of payrolls in both public and private sector, large and small. Moving from hands-on exposure, he has most recently been involved in educating the profession, where his wide-ranging experience and up-to-date knowledge ensures he is able to impart this information to professionals in writing and through face-to-face presentations.
Ian’s ‘passion’ at the moment is trying to get professionals to realise the huge implications of increased devolution within the United Kingdom. This changes the way that we have to look at every piece of payroll and employment-related legislation and guidance that is issued, more than it ever has previously.
This is one reason that Ian is now thrilled to be the Head of Legislation and Compliance at Cintra HR and Payroll Services, who constantly demonstrate their commitment to quality and compliant payroll and HR software, support and services.
Ian is proud to be a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and a holder of the Masters in Payroll Management.
Karen Thomson is Director of Armstrong Watson Payroll Services. Karen’s role is to ensure the payroll services offered by the company, are as efficient and as competitive as possible. Providing excellent customer service is a top priority for Karen and Armstrong Watson. Karen’s knowledge is extensive and covers all aspects of payroll, benefits in kind, reward packages including salary sacrifice, local government pensions, automatic enrolment and employment law. Before taking up the appointment with Armstrong Watson in August 2015, Karen headed up the policy team at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals for more than thirteen years. Here Karen was responsible for ensure employer and member views were represented to government and disseminating the information and views. Karen’s previous work history includes Cumbria Police, Two Castles Housing, Carlisle City Council and the City of Edinburgh Council. Karen is a member of the HMRC Administrative Burdens Advisory Board and Employment and Payroll Group consultation forums. Karen also sits on the employer panel for NEST and is a member of the Cumbria Local Government Pensions Board. Karen is also co-opted on the CIPP Board. In her spare time Karen is a tutor for the CIPP, tutoring the Foundation Degree and MSc programmes. Karen recently graduated from a work based learning Post Graduate Certificate and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition Karen is Trustee and Secretary for the North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue charity.
Michael is an experienced HR/Payroll professional with over 30 years’ experience in delivering HR, Payroll and pension administration services, having managed payrolls ranging in size from 1,000 to over 30,000 payees in both the private and public sector.
Michael has implemented and managed both In-house and outsourced payroll solutions, including Shared Service Centres for large multi-site and multi-national employers such as Caterpillar, Bombardier, Northern Ireland Water, Queens University Belfast and Ulster University.
International Management Group
Tania Isham has been the Payroll Manager at Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd for the past 5 years. The company employs over 300 people across a science and technology platform, which does tend to be male dominated, so she has a particular interest in the monitoring and reporting of Gender related issues.
HR and Payroll Shared Services Manager
East Midland Shared Services
Richard George has 30 years’ experience in Payroll. 20 years’ delivery and management in Blue chip companies, significant experience in senior client relationship and large Payroll bureau management. Richard has been involved in numerous industry forums and has a background of speaking and training at industry conferences and events.
Julie has almost 40 years’ experience in the Payroll profession. She runs her own Payroll Bureau and is a freelance Trainer, Lecturer and Consultant. She is passionate about her profession, has a great sense of humour and describes herself as a “payroll anorak” She prefers to be called a payroll enthusiast rather than an expert.
Darren is a partner in the niche employment law practice, DC Employment Solicitors. Darren advises public companies, universities, housing associations, local authorities and SMEs nationally. He has a particular expertise in complex restructures and TUPE transfers, discrimination and Employment Tribunal litigation. He is also a regular commentator, blogger and broadcaster on employment law. Darren is described by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as an “Excellent negotiator” who delivers “pragmatic advice about how to deal with things in a commercial way.” Chambers and Partners also describe Darren as a “Brilliant speaker, very quick and very charming.”
Currently working as the Global Payroll Controller at Cambridge Assessment; a Department of University of Cambridge. Previously worked in Educational, IT and Pharmaceutical industry sectors processing payroll in sole roles. Part of a team setting up a Shared Service Centre in Cork, implemented International and UK Payrolls, and UK Pension schemes. Experiences in International Payrolls, Expatriate and multi-state workers, pensions and share schemes.