Professional December 2017/January 2018


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education and training in payroll. It is most appropriate that she left a legacy to the CIPP in being instrumental in the introduction of Individual Chartered Status. Michelle’s contribution was also recognised at the CIPP Annual Awards Ceremony on 5 October 2017 where to great acclaim by the audience she was posthumously awarded the CIPP’s lifetime achievement in payroll. What do you plan for 2018? Well, we are the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals – and that continues to be our primary focus alongside catering to our pension colleagues. As the mission statement says, our journey is one of leading payroll and pension professionals through education, membership and recognition. During 2018, CIPP will ensure that: ● our membership and strategic activities (as set out above) which commenced during 2017 are achieved and maintained ● members see our qualifications as assistance to their aspirations and career ● our training and events offerings are up to date and informative so that they are valued and recognised not just in their line of industry but as a key component of and critical to the success of their employers and organisations, and ● we still are the ‘go-to’ organisation for all career or wishing to achieve the industry’s highest level of qualification, the MSc in Business and Reward Management, we aspire for employers to value employees who have an industry qualification which isn’t just ‘nice to have’ but a requisite in performing their career and that continuing professional development is actively pursued and maintained. Most importantly we hope that for you – CIPP members – your learning requirement never ceases. n payroll and pension professionals. Whether you are embarking on a

Ken Pullar FCIPP, chief executive officer

Tell us about your role at the CIPP? It’s been a busy first year since being appointed chief executive officer on the 1 October 2016. My role focuses on developing and enhancing the CIPP, taking responsibility for the running of the business operations, and implementing the strategic guidelines agreed with the board on behalf of the members. Could you give us a summary of 2017? There have been so many highlights in 2017. Firstly, I am so impressed with the CIPP team across every facet of our operation. All CIPP staff based both at the head office and remotely, tutors, trainers and assessors (with apologies to those I’ve omitted) have a passion for the CIPP and what it promotes and fulfil their roles in a very professional manner. I look at the quality of our events that I have attended during this year – such as the National Forums, hot topics, payroll and pensions updates – and also reflect on the precision and organisation that makes our Annual Conference and premier Annual Excellence Awards such a huge success. The event highlight for me during 2017 is sharing in the celebrations of success with our students at the CIPP Graduation Ceremony. For the training course portfolio, CIPP have taken the lead in ensuring we have the most up to date payroll and human resources legislation update course and are ahead of the game in promoting new

legislative training courses such as gender pay gap, apprenticeship levy and automatic enrolment. More recently the CIPP have created a course on the impending General Data Protection Regulation and hosted roundtable events with industry leaders to help formulate standards for the payroll profession that can resonate with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Our thinking at the forefront of all we do is about you, the members of the CIPP. Strategy wise, we have – with the full support of the board – disengaged from non-core activity. Our strategy this year has been: ● re-establishing our core identity and drivers ● setting a clear career roadmap in our education and training space ● focussing on delivery of a ‘best of class’ training provision ● improving the quality of our public- facing material ● making greater use of digital media for both education and training, and ● issuing a clearer prospectus which has been streamlined and made easier to follow. October saw the introduction of Individual Chartered Status, the highest membership level in profession. Chartered membership demonstrates individual professionalism and raises the standards of the industry. A moment of great sadness in the CIPP’s history was the passing of board member, Michelle Crook, on 10 November 2016. Michelle had a real passion for

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