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Cody Forde, Payroll Manager at Coca-Cola talked about making sure you develop yourself and your team, and then your managers and measure the value that payroll adds. We loved his quote ‘a manager who doesn’t have a succession plan for their own role is putting the company at risk’.

Nikki Iuli from Croxley shared how she works with her payroll advisor to provide business advice to the management team including payroll updates and lunch time sessions.

The ideas wall for how to develop your Payroll skills!

The payroll debate was fantastic with cases made for why payroll should sit in finance (Louise Peters from Downer talked about the function and personality style matching) or for why it should sit in HR (Pene Barton from Chorus got very passionate about what the Chorus HR & payroll teams have achieved together). But Susanne Carter from Fulton Hogan won the day with her arguments about payroll needing to be its own entity. In the discussion that followed, it was raised that in the 80’s Personnel and Payroll were equal before Personnel reinvented itself as HR and became the juggernaut it is today. Why did payroll get left behind?

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The First Payroll Game Changer Conference

In February 2015 Elephant ran the first Payroll Game Changer Conference to explore how Payroll is a career and can add real value to a business.


Angela Cameron, Managing Director of Consult Recruitment shared tips and techniques to use to recruit the best payroll person for your team - how to find them and how to test that they know what they are doing!

Chris Casanelia, HRIS Manager at BNZ talked metrics and HR technology. Payroll can add real value in both these areas by advising the business and utilising the next generation of technology tools.

Bobbie Hanlon, Payroll Manager for Downer interviewed Payroll Team Leader Melvyn Lucas - our very own Oprah Winfrey talk show moment!  Mervyn talked about how hard it is to get into payroll and the misconceptions out there that payroll is boring when actually it’s incredibly varied and interesting.

Read the full summary of the 2015 conference

Read about the PayrollGC 2016 Read about the PayrollGC 2017