GPA Awards 2018: Who were the lucky winners in Lisbon? GPA Awards 2018: Who were the lucky winners in Lisbon?

GPA Awards 2018: Who were the lucky winners in Lisbon?
11 Jun 2018

This year’s Global Payroll Association (GPA) Awards ceremony in Lisbon was glitzier and more glamorous than ever. With twice as many entries as last year, a huge 167 guests attended the stunning event at the Estufa Fria, a beautiful greenhouse surrounded by three gardens at the heart of the Eduardo VII Park in the middle of the Portuguese capital.

Attendees came from as far afield as Australia, India, the US and South America to dine on delicacies such as beef medallions complete with Madeira reduction and basil panacotta with a red fruit coulis and popping candy 

The occasion itself was hosted by Melanie Pizzey, the GPA’s chief executive, and presented by the multi-talented Michelle Bobr, who not only won an award as ‘Consultant of the Year’ but also wowed the audience with her singing prowess.

Starting at 8pm with a champagne reception, the event itself, which benefited from Frontier Software as its headline sponsor, was topped off with a glittering after-party that went on until 1pm. Michael Howard, Frontier Software's founder, deserves special thanks for supporting the Global Payroll Awards for the third year running. Without his support over recent years, the Awards could not have been as successful as they were.

Other valued sponsors included Cintra HR & Payroll Services, SD Worx, Frontierpay, Neeyamo, intelligo Software, JGA Payroll Recruitment and Lisbon’s Tourist Board

As for the award winners, these were chosen by a panel of judges from across the global payroll industry and included David Spencer, director of global compensation management at Deloitte and Lisa Orton, a senior manager at PwC. Zennie Sjolund, branch manager at the Swedish Payroll Association, Felicia Cheek, global payroll advisory programme practice leader and senior business advisor at The Hackett Group, and Nick Bryant, global head of payroll and HR administration at State Street were also in the hot seat. This is who they voted for: 

1. Payroll student of the year

Winner

Iterum AB – Veronica Bergsten

For professionalism, dedication, astuteness, being service-minded and open to teaching others.

Sponsored by SD Worx UK & Ireland

2. Payroll specialist of the year

Winner

Cintra HR & Payroll Services Ltd Ian Holloway

For passion when it comes to payroll, his knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm and personable approach have led to him being involved in many committees and working parties, which are helping to promote and shape the industry for the better.

3. Payroll manager of the year

Winner

Just Eat Angela Mapavenda

For always providing a first-class service and ensuring that results are measured, continuously improved and maintained to a high standard, while also being generous in sharing her knowledge with the rest of the team.

4. Consultant of the year

Winner

Pay Data Flow – Michelle Bobr 

For excellent communication skills and showing generosity in sharing her knowledge with others.

5. In-country payroll team of the year

Winner

Lon & HR Bolaget 

For promoting employee health and wellbeing and encouraging them to participate in charity races.

Sponsored by intelligo Software

6. Global payroll team of the year

Winner

Global Upside

For not only fixing issues in their clients’ processes but also implementing new ones and providing a range of insights to help them become more efficient.

Sponsored by JGA Recruitment Group

7. Global transformation project of the year

Winner

Microsoft

For embedding 25 global controls and seven key quality controls in its newly-standardised processes to help mitigate risks and ensure consistent quality.

Highly commended

ActivPayroll

8. In-country payroll provider of the year

Winner

Datassist Bilgi Teknolojileri AS (Datassist Payroll Services)

For providing informative legislative content to customers.

Highly commended

Polyglot Group

9. Professional employer organisation of the year 

Winners

iWorkGlobal 

For living its mantra of customer service first. 

ITOS Group – Judges’ Award

For humanitarian services, especially in the face of natural disaster.

Highly commended

VDP Global Services

10. Global payroll supplier of the year

Winner

Blue Marble Global Payroll

For offering an effective service model, which comprises both a US-based team and local in-country providers to ensure issues are resolved quickly.

Sponsored by Frontierpay

Highly commended

Neeyamo Inc

11. Payroll software supplier of the year

Winner

KeyPay

For helping to automate and remove complexity from customers’ payroll software implementations.

12. International payments provider of the year 

Winner

Frontierpay

For operating an extensive payment network and showing flexibility in funding currencies to ensure customers can access an adaptable payment offering.

Highly commended

Cambridge Global Payments

Sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

13. Global payroll manager of the year

Winner

BDO UK LLPSharon Tayfield

For her effective leadership and communication skills as well as her extensive technical knowledge and experience of global compliance and legislation, particularly in relation to Africa.

Sponsored by Neeyamo

14. Payroll innovation of the year

Winner

Ramco Systems

For developing artificial intelligence-based functionality such as facial recognition-based time management applications and bots as personal assistants.

Highly commended

SD Worx UK and Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s Global Payroll Association (GPA) Awards ceremony in Lisbon was glitzier and more glamorous than ever. With twice as many entries as last year, a huge 167 guests attended the stunning event at the Estufa Fria, a beautiful greenhouse surrounded by three gardens at the heart of the Eduardo VII Park in the middle of the Portuguese capital.

Attendees came from as far afield as Australia, India, the US and South America to dine on delicacies such as beef medallions complete with Madeira reduction and basil panacotta with a red fruit coulis and popping candy 

The occasion itself was hosted by Melanie Pizzey, the GPA’s chief executive, and presented by the multi-talented Michelle Bobr, who not only won an award as ‘Consultant of the Year’ but also wowed the audience with her singing prowess.

Starting at 8pm with a champagne reception, the event itself, which benefited from Frontier Software as its headline sponsor, was topped off with a glittering after-party that went on until 1pm. Michael Howard, Frontier Software's founder, deserves special thanks for supporting the Global Payroll Awards for the third year running. Without his support over recent years, the Awards could not have been as successful as they were.

Other valued sponsors included Cintra HR & Payroll Services, SD Worx, Frontierpay, Neeyamo, intelligo Software, JGA Payroll Recruitment and Lisbon’s Tourist Board

As for the award winners, these were chosen by a panel of judges from across the global payroll industry and included David Spencer, director of global compensation management at Deloitte and Lisa Orton, a senior manager at PwC. Zennie Sjolund, branch manager at the Swedish Payroll Association, Felicia Cheek, global payroll advisory programme practice leader and senior business advisor at The Hackett Group, and Nick Bryant, global head of payroll and HR administration at State Street were also in the hot seat. This is who they voted for: 

1. Payroll student of the year

Winner

Iterum AB – Veronica Bergsten

For professionalism, dedication, astuteness, being service-minded and open to teaching others.

Sponsored by SD Worx UK & Ireland

2. Payroll specialist of the year

Winner

Cintra HR & Payroll Services Ltd Ian Holloway

For passion when it comes to payroll, his knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm and personable approach have led to him being involved in many committees and working parties, which are helping to promote and shape the industry for the better.

3. Payroll manager of the year

Winner

Just Eat Angela Mapavenda

For always providing a first-class service and ensuring that results are measured, continuously improved and maintained to a high standard, while also being generous in sharing her knowledge with the rest of the team.

4. Consultant of the year

Winner

Pay Data Flow – Michelle Bobr 

For excellent communication skills and showing generosity in sharing her knowledge with others.

5. In-country payroll team of the year

Winner

Lon & HR Bolaget 

For promoting employee health and wellbeing and encouraging them to participate in charity races.

Sponsored by intelligo Software

6. Global payroll team of the year

Winner

Global Upside

For not only fixing issues in their clients’ processes but also implementing new ones and providing a range of insights to help them become more efficient.

Sponsored by JGA Recruitment Group

7. Global transformation project of the year

Winner

Microsoft

For embedding 25 global controls and seven key quality controls in its newly-standardised processes to help mitigate risks and ensure consistent quality.

Highly commended

ActivPayroll

8. In-country payroll provider of the year

Winner

Datassist Bilgi Teknolojileri AS (Datassist Payroll Services)

For providing informative legislative content to customers.

Highly commended

Polyglot Group

9. Professional employer organisation of the year 

Winners

iWorkGlobal 

For living its mantra of customer service first. 

ITOS Group – Judges’ Award

For humanitarian services, especially in the face of natural disaster.

Highly commended

VDP Global Services

10. Global payroll supplier of the year

Winner

Blue Marble Global Payroll

For offering an effective service model, which comprises both a US-based team and local in-country providers to ensure issues are resolved quickly.

Sponsored by Frontierpay

Highly commended

Neeyamo Inc

11. Payroll software supplier of the year

Winner

KeyPay

For helping to automate and remove complexity from customers’ payroll software implementations.

12. International payments provider of the year 

Winner

Frontierpay

For operating an extensive payment network and showing flexibility in funding currencies to ensure customers can access an adaptable payment offering.

Highly commended

Cambridge Global Payments

Sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

13. Global payroll manager of the year

Winner

BDO UK LLPSharon Tayfield

For her effective leadership and communication skills as well as her extensive technical knowledge and experience of global compliance and legislation, particularly in relation to Africa.

Sponsored by Neeyamo

14. Payroll innovation of the year

Winner

Ramco Systems

For developing artificial intelligence-based functionality such as facial recognition-based time management applications and bots as personal assistants.

Highly commended

SD Worx UK and Ireland.