Growing a global payroll network; Billie Eadie, Global Payroll Association commercial director Growing a global payroll network; Billie Eadie, Global Payroll Association commercial director

Growing a global payroll network; Billie Eadie, Global Payroll Association commercial director
19 Dec 2017

The Global Payroll Association’s commercial director Billie Eadie has played a crucial role in developing and growing the organisation since its inception in 2014. Here she talks to Cath Everett about its aims, current focus and plans for the future

How did you move into the world of global payroll?

After finishing my degree in Business and Finance at the University of Essex in 2009, I started working for Purely Payroll, our UK-focused organisation, which produces a monthly magazine and offers training and support to readers.

But about two years ago, we spotted a gap in the market for global payroll. The sector is still fairly new and so is currently evolving and expanding. But we recognised that professionals need as much knowledge, training and support when dealing with global markets as they do when looking after local ones.

So we decided the time was right to offer them a professional body and magazine of their own. The aim was to complement the work undertaken by local payroll associations, and Purely Payroll, our UK brand, now sits under the auspices of the Global Payroll Association (GPA).

What is the GPA’s remit?

The goal is to position the GPA as the essential hub for all things global payroll. In fact, we’re the first and only international organisation that deals with the global payroll industry as a whole and in its entirety as other associations tend to be more country-specific.

One of the biggest areas of demand from our members though is for training. There’s a huge requirement there because professionals have responsibility for so many different regions, and regulations, legislation and hot topics of the day are changing all the time. So people need to keep abreast of all the changes in the industry and be able to adapt quickly to what’s going on.

At this point though, we can provide training for members no matter where they’re based in the world. We offer everything from pre-recorded and online sessions to webinars. But we also run a Global Foundation course in Dubai to teach people the basics as well as a four-day Certificate in Managing Multi-Country Payroll Strategy in the UK and US.

There are also conferences and symposia taking place around the world, which present members with great networking opportunities. The symposia are held in the UK every eight to 10 weeks. But we’ll also be hosting one in New York and Austin, Texas, in October, and we’ll be holding the first in a series of quarterly events in Australia this year too. Another aim is to work with our partners such as the local payroll associations in the Netherlands and Sweden in order to offer symposia there as well.

What role do you play within the GPA and what is your favourite part of the job?
As commercial director of the GPA, I’m in charge of running the business side of the magazine and websites and I also have responsibility for training.

But another key part of the job is helping members to get the most out of our services. So I spend a lot of time answering their questions directly and working with multiple in-country payroll providers that support us in what we do and also help to ensure that we stay up-to-date on local situations.

As for what I like most about the job, it’s just the sheer variety. There’s so much change all the time and there’s so much to learn – it’s really exciting. It’s great hearing questions from members, not only because their issues are really interesting, but also because you can learn a lot from people’s questions too. So I find the GPA a very stimulating place to work.

What are your plans for the future?

As we’re a young organisation, a key aim for now is to continue growing our membership base around the world. We’re also keen to keep on forging new relationships with local payroll associations so we can work together to ensure we’re best placed to meet our members’ needs. As a result, the size of our team is likely to grow over the next few years as we continue to expand into new territories.

But another goal is to ensure that our awards ceremony continues to go from strength-to-strength. We hosted the first one at Tower Bridge in London in May this year, but the idea is to hold it in a different country each successive year, with the Netherlands being a prime contender for 2017.

 

The Global Payroll Association’s commercial director Billie Eadie has played a crucial role in developing and growing the organisation since its inception in 2014. Here she talks to Cath Everett about its aims, current focus and plans for the future

How did you move into the world of global payroll?

After finishing my degree in Business and Finance at the University of Essex in 2009, I started working for Purely Payroll, our UK-focused organisation, which produces a monthly magazine and offers training and support to readers.

But about two years ago, we spotted a gap in the market for global payroll. The sector is still fairly new and so is currently evolving and expanding. But we recognised that professionals need as much knowledge, training and support when dealing with global markets as they do when looking after local ones.

So we decided the time was right to offer them a professional body and magazine of their own. The aim was to complement the work undertaken by local payroll associations, and Purely Payroll, our UK brand, now sits under the auspices of the Global Payroll Association (GPA).

What is the GPA’s remit?

The goal is to position the GPA as the essential hub for all things global payroll. In fact, we’re the first and only international organisation that deals with the global payroll industry as a whole and in its entirety as other associations tend to be more country-specific.

One of the biggest areas of demand from our members though is for training. There’s a huge requirement there because professionals have responsibility for so many different regions, and regulations, legislation and hot topics of the day are changing all the time. So people need to keep abreast of all the changes in the industry and be able to adapt quickly to what’s going on.

At this point though, we can provide training for members no matter where they’re based in the world. We offer everything from pre-recorded and online sessions to webinars. But we also run a Global Foundation course in Dubai to teach people the basics as well as a four-day Certificate in Managing Multi-Country Payroll Strategy in the UK and US.

There are also conferences and symposia taking place around the world, which present members with great networking opportunities. The symposia are held in the UK every eight to 10 weeks. But we’ll also be hosting one in New York and Austin, Texas, in October, and we’ll be holding the first in a series of quarterly events in Australia this year too. Another aim is to work with our partners such as the local payroll associations in the Netherlands and Sweden in order to offer symposia there as well.

What role do you play within the GPA and what is your favourite part of the job?
As commercial director of the GPA, I’m in charge of running the business side of the magazine and websites and I also have responsibility for training.

But another key part of the job is helping members to get the most out of our services. So I spend a lot of time answering their questions directly and working with multiple in-country payroll providers that support us in what we do and also help to ensure that we stay up-to-date on local situations.

As for what I like most about the job, it’s just the sheer variety. There’s so much change all the time and there’s so much to learn – it’s really exciting. It’s great hearing questions from members, not only because their issues are really interesting, but also because you can learn a lot from people’s questions too. So I find the GPA a very stimulating place to work.

What are your plans for the future?

As we’re a young organisation, a key aim for now is to continue growing our membership base around the world. We’re also keen to keep on forging new relationships with local payroll associations so we can work together to ensure we’re best placed to meet our members’ needs. As a result, the size of our team is likely to grow over the next few years as we continue to expand into new territories.

But another goal is to ensure that our awards ceremony continues to go from strength-to-strength. We hosted the first one at Tower Bridge in London in May this year, but the idea is to hold it in a different country each successive year, with the Netherlands being a prime contender for 2017.

 

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