Rising through the ranks of Payroll

Rising through the ranks of Payroll with Jason Davenport #031

Rise Through Payroll

This episode of The Payroll Podcast is titled “Rising through the ranks of Payroll: From UK Payroll to Global Operations to Chairman of the CIPP”.  We feature Jason Davenport, current Chairman of the Board for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (or CIPP) and an experienced, senior payroll manager in his own right who also runs his own payroll consultancy called Calendar Consulting.

Jason is skilled in supporting clients in both public and private sectors and has experience in reviewing payroll performance, strategy and choices, whether in-sourced or out-sourced.

With a vast background that has involved holding prestigious, senior roles such as Chief Operating Officer HRS Division at Capita, Global Payroll Product Manager at NGA HR and Services Director at Logica CMG, this is one podcast episode you won’t want to miss!

In this “Rising through the ranks of Payroll” episode we discover:

  • The weekend that resulted in a steep career trajectory within payroll for Jason!
  • How Jason made the transition from UK payroll delivery into international payroll management
  • His role as Chairman of the CIPP and what this involves
  • What Jason believes needs to be done to raise the profile of Payroll, not just in the UK but globally?
  • The advice Jason would you give to someone with ambitions of running their own payroll consultancy?
  • The single piece of advice that Jason would give to someone working in payroll right now?

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The Payroll Podcast was the first podcast produced exclusively for the UK and broader global payroll community, and we have one primary aim.  This aim is to speak with payroll industry experts that can help us to cut through complex International payroll legislation, technology solutions and International compliance affecting global payroll operations and teams so that you, as a payroll professional, can utilise this expertise to improve your own payroll department.

We journey through subjects complex payroll issues ranging from killing Payday loans to GDPR; Robotic Process Automation; Payroll News, Blockchain Technology to Artificial Intelligence; Wellbeing to Compliance; Payroll Control Frameworks to International Payroll Legislation and more!  Discover how training, workplace psychology and career planning can also impact on your payroll operation.  This Payroll Podcast attempts to tackle all of these subjects with industry leading expertise and a little bit of humour too!

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LMS with Shaun Wilde

Solving Payroll & HR Workforce Challenges with LMS – with Shaun Wilde, #07

LMS ThumbnailIn today’s fast-paced work environment, it has become essential for businesses to keep teams up to speed with the latest trends and methods but, in payroll, with everything else to manage, how can you possibly find the time to train your team effectively?  This is where LMS can help.

In this episode of The Payroll Podcast, Nick Day speaks with Shaun Wilde, CEO of Think Learning, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform provider.

If you are a payroll manager who is too overworked to be able to commit additional time and resources to train and upskill your existing teams, then LMS could be the solution.
Shaun has recently been responsible for leading the scale-up of ‘Think Associates’ to its new business name of ‘Think Learning’ with a vision to empower organisations to create safer and better places to work through the implementation of Totara Learn and e-learning services.

Shaun boasts decades of experience helping clients to develop consistent learning approaches that have helped businesses to improve training analysis, engagement, career development, reporting and compliance while reducing organisational risk.

With the recent introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and with payroll and HR compliance and processes changing at an ever-increasing pace, this may be the perfect time to understand how and why LMS solutions are now more popular than ever! Shaun helps listeners to understand how LMS platforms can both accelerate change and support organisations to engage their workforce in learning and development.

Shaun explains how LMS solutions can improve reporting, security, analytics, compliance, HR processes, onboarding, inductions, training, governance, performance appraisals, leadership programs and even health and safety.

Like any implementation project, Shaun shares his vast experience in project management methodologies, data cleansing, engagement and best practice processes to ensure successful outcomes are achieved. We also discover more about Shaun’s love of OCR (Obstacle Course Racing), his experience as a choir boy and as a junior army team kayak champion and why he thinks, on the whole, humans are completely bonkers!

If you want to find out more about how technology such as learning management systems can affect your world, then this is the payroll podcast episode for you.

If you want to find out more about how Think LEarning can support your payroll or HR function with its LMS solution then please click here to find out more:  Think Learning


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The Payroll Podcast has a primary aim. To cut through the complex legislation, technology and compliance issues that can affect a payroll operation and provide practical tips and advice that you can implement immediately. Over the coming weeks, we will journey through subjects such as GDPR, workplace wellbeing, SaaS, global payroll compliance, learning & development, entrepreneurship, leadership, recruitment, best practice, workplace psychology, payroll training, process improvements and career planning and who knows what else! I try to do it with a little bit of humour and with information that I hope can make your payroll function better!

Featuring leading industry experts, we interview Global Payroll Directors, Payroll Trainers, Payroll Managers, Payroll Software Professionals. However, we will also be speaking with Wellness-at-Work Practitioners, HR Managers, the HMRC, CEO’s, Recruiters and even Talent and Leadership Psychologists!

The Payroll Podcast
 is a niche podcast, so if you like the show, please subscribe to it, review it (on iTunes) and please, please share it with as many of your payroll colleagues as possible!

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Previous Podcasts Episodes Include:

  1. Payroll Entrepreneurship and Payroll API With Stuart Hall – #06
  2. Raising the Profile of Payroll – Kate Upcraft #05
  3. Wellness and Working Well by becoming “Super-Human” – with Hari Kalymnios. #04
  4. Global Payroll & Jurisdictional Compliance with Adrian Morrissey from Immedis #03
  5. Preparing Payroll for GDPR with Richard George #01
  6. The Future of Payroll and the CIPP with Vickie Graham #02

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In the meantime, if you have any payroll or HR recruitment requirements that JGA Recruitment can assist with, please do reach out to us on 01727 800 377 or email You can also find out more about us at  We are specialist payroll and HR Recruiters with over 100 years specialist recruitment expertise.  Whatever your requirements, if you get in touch and quote “The Payroll Podcast” then you can receive a 20% discount on all JGA Recruitment Terms of Business.   Contact us today to find out more.  Tel: 01727 800 377. Email