Celebrating a Career in Payroll: with Kate Upcraft #75

Kate Upcraft

Probably the UK’s most prominent payroll expert, Kate Upcraft of Kateupcraft.com has decided to retire on 31st March 2022.

Kate spent 20 years plus at M&S latterly as Legislation Manager for the payroll function, where she supported a payroll of over 65,000 employees.  Since then Kat has gone on to forge a hugely successful career Managing, coaching, and mentoring others in the world of payroll.

Kate has created Policy and Research Functions and she had also been actively involved in high-level government lobbying to benefit and improve the payroll profession.

Recently, Kate was the recipient of the ‘Accounting Excellence Award’ for her outstanding contributions to the world of payroll awarded by the AccountingWeb.  Kate was also bestowed with the “Payroll Consultant of the Year Award” from the Global Payroll Association (GPA).

Kate is a renowned payroll character, influencer, speaker, lecturer, technical writer, consultant and in my view, just a great personality who has given everything to the profession and will leave a big hole in the payroll community when she finally hangs up her payroll boots at the end of March.

In her interview with host, Nick Day of JGA Recruitment, This is Kate’s story – the highs, lows, memories, achievements, and the payroll friends she has made along the way.

We discover

    • What the word payroll means to KAte
    • How Kate began her payroll career
    • How Kate has seen the industry change
    • What excited and frustrated Kate about payroll
    • Kate’s greatest achievements and memories
    • What will Kate miss the most?
    • Why retire now?
    • Kate’s greatest learning outcomes that she has discovered along the way?
    • The guiding principle and behaviour Kate has seen in every great leader she has worked with.
    • What does the future of payroll look like?
    • What’s next for Kate Upcraft?

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