1. Provide a specific forum for payroll leadership to learn new skills they can apply to their workplace.
  2. Create networking opportunities among their peers in the payroll industry.
  3. Help upcoming payroll leaders to move into senior positions either within their own organisation or as part of their career in the payroll industry.

This year’s summit will be an online event to fit in with the current Covid-19 environment.

This event will suit:

  • Existing payroll managers and team leaders
  • Upcoming or new payroll managers and team leaders
  • Managers of payroll staff that want to get a better understanding of how to effectively lead payroll staff.


In these unprecedented times payroll has had to swim in uncharted waters. Payroll leaders have had to lead their team as well as helping the business adapt to these very changeable times.

This is not the end but a new beginning for payroll and payroll leaders need the skills to learn from what has happened to keep payroll moving forward to ensure employees are paid correctly while also being flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the business they work within.

This year’s summit is about how payroll leaders needing to adapt, thinking out of the box, while still meeting business needs and supporting and leading their team.

In just over three hours participants will have access to a range of payroll SME’s and technical experts in their field, along with a Q&A session at the end to help with any general legislative questions in relation to the present Covid-19 situation.


Datacom payroll


6th Annual Payroll Leaders’ Summit will cover the following:

Session No. Times for sessions Session Name Session Content:
Start 9am to 9.10am Intro David Jenkins to MC
1. 9.10am to 9.40am Leading an outsourced payroll and the challenges it brought during lockdown and beyond. Maxine Hefford (Business Manager – Payroll Services, Datacom Payroll)

How Datacom Payroll managed the fast pace of change and implemented the COVID 19 components to respond to the wage subsidy to business during the initial COVID lockdown. She will share some research findings from customers and Datacoms own Business Continuity Plan, and how working from home was managed across a large team.


2. 9.40am to 10.10am Case study – Leading Payroll from the trenches
  • Cheryl O’Brien, Head of NZ Payroll and Credit Management & Debt Recovery, Fletcher Building, New Zealand
  • Katy Ramesh
    Payroll Systems & Divisional Lead, Fletcher Building, New Zealand
  • Sheetal Patel
    Payroll Projects Lead, Fletcher Building, New Zealand

Case study Leading Fletcher Building from the trenches during lockdown and after – the insights and challenges faced

3. 10.10am to


NZPPA 1st Annual PayCheck Survey Results & NZPPA Certification for Leaders David Jenkins, NZPPA CEO

Results from the NZPPA 1st Annual PayCheck Payroll Survey, David Jenkins, NZPPA CEO

Break 10.25am to 10.35am
5. 11.05am to 11.35am Keeping Yourself Safe & Well through tough times Samantha Moore, Consultant, Positive People, Human Resource Management Consultant:

  • Recognising feelings of anxiety & stress
  • Tools and tips to support yourself through uncertain times
4. 10.35am to 11.05am Employment law mistakes made during lockdown, what not to do TBA, Employment Lawyer
6. 11.35am to 12.05pm Leading change in a changing environment Samantha Moore, Consultant, Positive People, Human Resource Management Consultant:

  • Understanding change
  • Transition through change
  • Leading through change and uncertainty
  • Planning for the future
7. 12.05pm to 12.30pm Q&A Panel session – general legislative questions on any topic Attendees can submit questions before the Summit or during sessions so the panel can discuss.

*Topics and speakers may change.

Session times and registration will be sent on the 21 August 2020. Attendees will need to register with ZOOM to be able to view this event (included in the registration details).

Participants will be provided with a printed bound copy of the NZPPA 1st Annual Payroll Leaders’ Summit.

All presentations will be recorded and attendees will be sent a link after the event (31 August 2020) to access. This will include any presentations that are available to be accessed or downloaded.


All speakers will be added by 18 August (the joys of level 3!)

Maxine Hefford Maxine Hefford
Business Manager – Payroll Services, DatacomPayrollMaxine has been with Datacom Payroll for more than two decades where she oversees and manages the payroll bureau team who processes payroll for Datacom’s outsource clients in New Zealand.Maxine has an extensive knowledge with legislation and an in-depth understanding of the payroll in its entirety. Maxine has her heart in payroll and is passionate with what she does, and she enjoys being surrounded by capable and enthusiastic people. 
Cheryl O’Brien
Head of NZ Payroll and Credit Management & Debt Recovery, Fletcher Building,New ZealandCheryl is a finance and credit professional with over 30 years’ experience in NZ, Australia and Europe holding a BA (Hons) in Business from University of West London, CICM (Grad) and is a member of NZPPA, AICM and RITANZ. Cheryl has held senior roles in trade credit insurance, professional services, telecoms, building and construction sectors across multiple jurisdictions and has written several articles on current issues in credit management. Cheryl is Head of Fletcher Building’s NZ Payroll function as well as the Credit Management and Debt Recovery function and has a special interest in creating high performing, agile teams. Cheryl is passionate about adding value to the business through back office transformation and preparing the workforce and functional processes for digitalisation. 
Samantha Moore Samantha Moore
Consultant, Positive People, Human Resource managementonsultantSamantha is an HR Professional with solid experience in both the UK & New Zealand and has Chartered Status in both their professional bodies. She has worked across the Retail, Technology & Insurance industries in both stand alone and large HR teams.Samantha enjoys learning the business she works with quickly with the aim of delivering professional yet pragmatic solutions to enhance the business. She has always worked in HR generalist roles and has experience in performance management, employee relations, recruitment, learning and development, organisational change and leadership development.Samantha thrives when given the opportunity to add value to the business through people initiatives and to partner with leaders to deliver tangible results. 
Alastair Espie
Senior Associate – Duncan CotterillAlastair is a specialist employment lawyer in Duncan Cotterill’s Auckland office, and provide strategic advice on a broad range of workplace issues. He regularly represents clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and in the Employment Court. Alastair will speak on the employer’s obligations and rights of employees during this CONVID-19 pandemic.
Sheetal Patel Sheetal Patel
Payroll Project Lead, Fletcher Building, New ZealandSheetal Patel has been a Business Analyst since 2013. Her career started off in the UK after completing a BA Hons degree in Criminology and Sociology. Sheetal started out as an Intelligence Analyst for a number of years with Leicestershire Police and then took a slight career change to become a Business Analyst. She moved to New Zealand 5 years ago and worked with Auckland Council under the Financial Systems and Processes Team. She has managed and supported on a number of successful projects using agile methodology throughout her career. Her current position at Fletchers as a Payroll Projects Lead focuses on the delivery of a number of projects and initiatives which are a part of a very exciting payroll transformation journey. Sheetal has recently completed her NZPPA level 2 qualification and now holds CPP accreditation.
David Jenkins – NZPPA CEO

David has been involved in payroll for well over 20 years and formed NZPPA back in 2007. He loves payroll people and is committed to gaining recognition for the important work payroll professionals do and in getting payroll seen as a profession in New Zealand.


Cost to view on the day:

  • NZPPA member: $125 + GST
  • NZPPA non-member: $175 + GST

If you want to book additional attendees and get an additional 25% discount, please contact: [email protected]

To book click here

OnDemand Webinar:

Cost to view as an OnDemand webinar (available from the 31 August 2020):

  • NZPPA member: $65 + GST
  • NZPPA non-member: $95 + GST


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