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The largest independent payroll conference of 2018

The Learn Centre is pleased to announce its partnership with Reward Strategy for The Payroll and Reward Conference 2018, taking place 6 and 7 June in London.

Two of the biggest payroll conferences in the UK are combining to create the largest independent payroll conference in the country which will cover the entire payroll and reward spectrum.

Covering the core strategic issues of Brexit, Gender Pay Gap Reporting and pension freedoms, this future focussed conference will not only deliver essential content but also bring thought provoking ideas to delegates.

The conference will include sessions and core updates from The Pensions Regulator, HMRC, ACAS, Addison Lee, Deliveroo and Diageo covering key issues facing the payroll and rewards sector. Taking place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London the conference will include the Reward 300 Gala Dinner providing ample networking opportunities for delegates.

Click here to watch Lindsay Melvin, former CEO of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), interview Edward Troup, former Executive Chair of HMRC, our Keynote Speaker, on the upcoming issues covered at the conference.




Delegate rate for both days is £827 + VAT, delegate rate for the second day alone is £670 + VAT.

We can arrange accommodation at £250 + VAT per night if required.


Conference programme


10.30 Registration and check-in

11.15 - 12.00 One to one payroll surgery sessions with Learn Payroll's tutors

Book a 15 minute slot with our expert tutors to go through any payroll issues or questions you may have. Your chance for 1-2-1 specialist advice direct to you.

12.00 - 12.45  Lunch served

12.45 - 13.15 Conference introduction and welcome

Neil Hollister, Chief Executive at The Learn Centre

13.15 - 14.15 Plenary session 1 - The Future of Payroll

Ken Gurr, The Learn Centre

Hear from Ken Gurr about changes being introduced in the coming years, as well as the implications of the Autumn Budget 2017 and the changes and updates since. Ken's wealth of knowledge makes this an unmissable session.

14.15 - 14.45 Plenary session 2 - HR and the gig Economy

Sola Osinoiki, Deliveroo

Hear from Sola Osinoiki on how the gig economy is impacting HR; looking at Benefits and Rewards, Risk Management and dealing with HR administration.

14.45 - 15.15 Tea and coffee served

Break out session 1, choose from:

15.15 - 15.55 GDPR Debrief and The Data Protection Round Table

Julie Northover, The Learn Centre

A group session reviewing experiences, lessons learnt, the impact on business and the way forward as we move towards our exit from Europe as the UK introduces the Data Protection Bill.

Recruitment, Advancement and Career Strategy

Nick Day, James Gray Associates

Nick Day from James Gray Associates, a leading recruitment company talks about best practices around recruiting staff and effective strategies for advancing through your career, improving knowledge, skills and being the best you can be.

Expenses, Benefits and Salary Sacrifice (OpRA) workshop

Sue Fisher, The Learn Centre

A roundtable review of changes and future models around what has becoming an ever changes area of administration. With further changes due and other areas being consulted in 2018, and in conjunction with the end of "grandfathered salary sacrifice" schemes, this crucial session examines the future of benefits.

Break out session 2, choose from:

15.55 - 16.35 Pension Changes

Andy Nicholls Industry Liaison Manager, The Pensions Regulator & Henry Tapper, First Actuarial

Andy and Henry will update us on continued pension reform, including the current and future positions as we move closer to the steady state from both the government and private prospective.

HR and employee financial wellbeing

Mathew Davies, Addison Lee; Marco Reick, Leon Restaurants and  Shaun Davis, Royal Mail

A HR panel review on how to help employees around general wellbeing; focusing on finance including advice on taking charge of workplace finances, the benefit of analytics and data in the reward space and new employee engagement initiatives and changes to benefits.

19.00 - 22.00 Reward 300 Gala Dinner


From 08.00 Registration, coffee and croissants

09.15 - 09.55 Plenary session 3 - Key Note Speaker - Edward Troup

Edward Troup, former Executive Chair of HMRC

Our Keynote speaker, Edward Troup, gives a round-up of the current transformation of tax administration and of the world of work, some comments on the role of payroll professionals in this and some thoughts on the likely future of business and tax administration over the coming years.

Break out session 3, choose from:

09.55 - 10.35 The ACAS Update

The ACAS team join us to review and discuss current employment issues including National Minimum Wage and Holiday pay.

Collective Defined Contribution Pensions and Royal Mail

Henry Tapper, First Actuarial and Jenny Hall, Royal Mail

Pension updates from a Royal Mail perspective reviewing how schemes are changing, pensions analysis and scheme implementation.

10.35 - 11.00 Tea and coffee served

Breakout session 4, choose from:

11.00 - 11.45 HMRC "Question Time"

Penny Earle, HMRC

Following the format of the popular television program, key stakeholders from HMRC and the payroll industry answer questions set by the audience.

Workplace Benefits

Ian Hodson, University of Lincoln and Aaron Mudd, Lush Cosmetics

A panel session where skilled professionals give advice on how to change the way workplace benefits serve your company reviewing moving to new initiatives from traditional systems and creating workplace savings.

11.45 - 12.30 Plenary session 4 - Employment Law

Mike Tremeer, Fladgate LLP

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

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch

Breakout session 5, choose from:

13.15 - 13.55 International Payroll and HR Update

Tim Kelsey, The Learn Centre

With increasing levels of business globalisation this session will provide an interesting overview on the various new rules and differences when dealing with countries around the world.

The Brexit Update

Richard George, The Learn Centre

As we move into the final year before exit from the European community we look at where we are, the decision that have been made, what's left to discuss and its impact on business in the UK focusing on the changes and issues for HR and Payroll.

Payroll Systems and Future Technology

An update on what's happening in the world of payroll and HR software development. How will systems look and integrate in the future and what value could those changes do for you.

Breakout session 6, choose from:

13.55 - 14.35 Service Level Agreements and KPI's in Payroll/HR

Fern Brooks, The Learn Centre

A workshop and discussions session looking at how we design and use SLA's and KPI's to support our organisations and customers. We look at ensuring they add value and are an effective business tool for understanding our service and the ability to improve as well as modelling for customers satisfaction of service.

Software, cloud and data security

Updating on security for software, cloud and other areas of data security including recommendations on how we can be more secure with the extra data protection we now need to consider.

The Payroll Apprenticeship standard and the Apprenticeship Levy update

Gillian Dale-Skey and Christine Tarrant

With a year's funding now completed, and the payroll standard created, we look at apprenticeships in the payroll department; how the training model works over the term of the apprenticeship, an update on the levy system, what changes lie ahead with the funding models, and how we can use them most effectively in business.

14.35 - 15.00 Tea and coffee served

15.00 - 15.40 The Gender Pay Gap

Gamiel Yafai, Diversity Marketplace; Charlotte Sweeney, Charlotte Sweeney Assocs; Harriet Wright,; Farrah Qureshi, Global Diversity Practice

The latest updates on gender pay gap reporting looking at how to make reporting work to your advantage along with our experts discussing diversity, equality and the human rights commission.

15.40 - 16.20 Plenary 5 - So what's next?

Ian Holloway, Cintra HR

What's to come - we look at what's on the horizon for HR and payroll until the end of the current government and beyond. With sweeping changes to National Insurance, Making Tax Digital, Off Payroll Working in the private sector and continued reforms to Taxation and benefits we use this final session to pinpoint future changes we can expect that will have the biggest impact on our industry.

16.20 - 16:30 Conference closes

The advertised sessions, speakers and timings are subject to change due to events outside of our control. 

Call us today on 01798 861111 to talk about booking