HR & Payroll Leaders Symposium – Melbourne, Australia 2024 

Date:  7th May 2024
Time:  9.00am
Venue:  Crowne Plaza Melbourne - 1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3008, Australia
Cost:  Free

The GPA, teaming up with Ebury, is hosting our first Symposium in Melbourne Australia! We've assembled a lineup of outstanding speakers to share key insights for enhancing the effectiveness of Payroll and HR departments. Join us to learn and connect with industry experts and peers. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Our Speakers


I have always found the GPA events to be extremely informative with high quality speakers covering key topics, great networking opportunities and fantastic value for money too!”

A great day and so good to have so many payroll professionals under one roof! As always the speakers gave a very good overview as to what is going on in the real payroll world

The GPA team were very helpful, professional and welcoming. This really made the day most very enjoyable as well as being informative. The setting for the venue was well-chosen for getting there and the meetings were well-organised and structured. There was something for everyone concerned with the complexities and issues in payroll both in the UK and globally, thank you GPA!

Getting to the venue

Crowne Plaza Melbourne 
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3008, Australia

Onsite Parking Available
Valet parking is available for $70 per day. Alternatively, guests may choose to self-park at $17 per exit. Rates are for a continuous 24-hour period. Please speak to Concierge to redeem above rates and note the carpark height limit is 1.9m.

Off-site Parking
Offsite parking is available just a short walk away from the hotel.

Train Station
Southern Cross Station
Estimated distance to the hotel: 0.31 MI/ 0.5 KM

The Venue

Graham Jenkins

Graham was previously the Global Process Owner for Payroll and T&E at IBM, where he was responsible for Payroll/T&E strategy, operations and resourcing during a 30 year career.

Patrycja Strzelecka 

Patrycja has many years of experience in outsourcing business services. She has built one of the biggest accounting companies in Poland, Extor S.A., which TMF acquired in May 2016. 

Joan Haafs

Joan leads TMF Netherlands' Global Business Services, including the Dutch international payroll business. He has over 17 years’ experience in the payroll outsourcing industry.


I had a very enjoyable day and it was great to catch up with delegates from last year. The event was very informative and featured some excellent presentations by your key speakers.

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Welcome and Registration.

Coffee and Networking

Australian Payroll Update

We will provide an update on the latest trends and developments in Australia's payroll industry. Discover what's new and gain insights into emerging trends that are shaping the future of payroll management. Stay ahead of the curve and ensure your organization is equipped with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape of payroll practices in Australia

Presented by Paul Orford, Compliance Product Manager, ReadyTech


Payroll is a Career 

Join Nilufer where she will shed light on the "Payroll is a Career" campaign in Australia. Discover how the payroll community can actively participate in celebrating the payroll industry and inspire the new generation to join this vital sector. Gain insights into the campaign's objectives and learn how you can contribute to promoting the significance of payroll careers.

Presented by Nilufer Gul GM APAC at Global Payroll Association

Melanie Pizzey
Global Payroll Association

Cheryl-Anne Laird
Partner - HR & IR

9.00am - 9.30am 

Global Payroll Trends
Join us at the upcoming symposium, where Melanie will lead a discussion on Global Payroll Trends. Explore the transformative impact of AI, Earned Wage Access, Data Security, and technology on payroll practices worldwide. Gain valuable insights into how these developments are reshaping the future of payroll management globally.

Presented by Melanie Pizzey CEO at Global Payroll Association

In Partnership with...

Ebury specialises in global payments, currency risk management and financial solutions for outsourced and internal payroll teams making payments to employees and local authorities around the world. Our services aid the growth and accessibility many international companies struggle to achieve from typical financial providers, by developing our own technology and extensive liquidity partnerships. From international payments and trade finance to our integrated API system, our end-to-end solutions are built with our clients in mind.

The Future of Payroll - A Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of payroll and payments beyond 2024. Our experts will tackle emerging trends, tech impacts, and evolving workforce dynamics, offering practical strategies to navigate upcoming challenges and opportunities, including legislative changes. Don't miss out on this straightforward dive into what lies ahead.

Presented by: 

Nilufer Gul GM APAC at Global Payroll Association
Melanie Pizzey, CEO at Global Payroll Association
Brett Cowan, CEO at Payroll Experts Australia
Paul Orford, Compliance Product Manager, ReadyTech
Valerie Flight, Head of Payroll at Westpac Group
Marc Princi, Business Development Manager at EPG Payroll

Robert O'Boyle, Regional Head of Growth - APAC at Trans Skills


Our Speakers

Nilufer Gul
General Manager, APAC
Global Payroll Association
Melanie Pizzey
Global Payroll Association
Brett Cowan
Payroll Experts Australia
Paul Orford
Compliance Product Manager
Valerie Flight
Head of Payroll
Westpac Group
Marc Princi
Business Development Manager
EPG Payroll
Robert O'Boyle
Regional Head of Growth - APAC
Trans Skills