Professional December 2017/January 2018

“Where unwilling dies the rose; buds the new another year.” Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

Editor’s comment

When writing this I was moved to review the equivalent issue in 2016, which poignantly carried the unhappy news of the premature death of Michelle Crook. Please see page 10 for news of a special posthumous award for Michelle.

whose support and input production of the magazine would be impossible. Particularly meriting of my gratitude are: Nicole Gumery and James Bartlett of the design team for consistently delivering high-quality issues of the magazine and supplements; Helen Hargreaves and the policy team for steadfastly satisfying my never- ending demand for first-class, topical and informative articles; and Emma Rowbottom and the marketing and communications team for ensuring timely delivery of regular in-house content and willingly chasing overdue contributions. I wish everyone a great festive season.

Sadly, this issue carries news of the similarly untimely death of CIPP member Jill Howell. Page 10 has further details, including the tragic circumstances of her death. On a much happier note, I was delighted to receive recently a message from Norman Scholes who some with long memories may recall was an industry luminary active in local government payroll/pensions some years ago. Please see page 14. As the end of the year draws near, it’s the appropriate time for me to extend thanks to all those at the CIPP and beyond without

Mike Nicholas MCIPP AMBCS Editor

At this time of year, I always reflect on what has happened during the year, in respect of both challenges and successes, to review ‘lessons learnt’, and to start gearing up for another year, where hopefully Chair’s message

the Annual Payroll Conference and Exhibition where I was absolutely thrilled to launch Individual Chartered Status. Those of you who apply for and receive this status will be recognised within the industry as achieving the highest level in the profession, committed to compliance and best practice in payroll and pensions administration and management. I look forward to receiving the outcome of my own application and joining what I hope to be the company of other payroll professionals who see the benefit of achieving this accreditation in the future. Thank you for your support this year at our CIPP events; you, our members, are key to the CIPP’s future success and I thank you for your continued membership in future years. If you are celebrating, I wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a successful, happy and healthy 2018.

things will get even better. Looking back, we’ve had a few changes that have had an impact on payroll, and us as individuals, in the UK. We had the change to national minimum and living wages in April, the introduction of the gender pay gap and the apprenticeship levy, and regular voluntary overtime payments being included in the calculation of statutory holiday pay. So, just a normal year in payroll terms. We had a surprise general election and the phasing out of the old £5 and £10 notes, and a new £1 coin – and, to top it all, the Great British Bake Off moved to Channel 4. Personally, I had a successful year, with several trips to the USA with my current employer, some brilliant CIPP events, including the launch of National Payroll Week at the House of Commons, the Scottish National Conference, the Graduation and of course

Eira Hammond FCIPPdip Chair, CIPP

Well, at the time of writing ice was being CEO’s message

benchmark. They can all be very proud of what they have achieved. And not forgetting the announcement of Individual Chartered Status (ICS) for those meeting the necessary criteria. Applications have already been received for Chartered membership and they will be evaluated and announced shortly. This is a real step forward for our industry. Finally, on behalf of all the staff and board here at CIPP, I wish you all a well-deserved break over the Christmas and New Year period. May it be spent with family, friends and loved ones.

scraped off the car prior to travelling to work. The forecasters are (again) predicting a bad winter, so when you receive this magazine let’s see what the

weather has brought. What has this year brought? Well, we concluded our year in style with a very successful Annual Conference and Excellence Awards ceremony at Celtic Manor where excellence was duly awarded with the most able assistance of our superb after dinner speaker Sir Trevor McDonald OBE. And showcasing the end of 2017 was the superb Graduation Ceremony held at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham where we celebrated the success and much hard work of qualified payroll and pension professionals. A superb day, and congratulations due to all who are worthy holders of a qualification that represents an industry

Ken Pullar FCIPP Chief executive officer, CIPP


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