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The judging panel brings together a broad range of understanding of Payroll Giving from across different sectors. Huge thanks to all of our judges that give up their time to read all applications and then attend a central judging day to decide the winners.


Mervi Slade has over ten years' experience in Payroll Giving, having worked for a Professional Fundraising Organisation, Payroll Giving Agency and now for a charity, Save the Children, who won the Best Civil Society Employer award at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards for their internal payroll giving campaign in 2012. In her current role she has been leading on digital marketing on Payroll Giving from cold mail to LinkedIn and Facebook advertising. She is the new chair of the Institute of Fundraising's Payroll Giving Special interest Group.


Panikos has spent most of his working life in the non-profit sector in a wide variety of roles. He currently works at CAFOD as the Learning and Development Manager and is also Chair of the APGO (Association of Payroll Giving Organisations). His voluntary work at present includes Music Heritage UK and GFSN (Gay Football Supporters Network). He looks forward to the day when payroll giving is no longer the poor relation of other forms of regular giving!

Policy & Research Manager

Before joining the Policy and Research Team in April 2011, Helen worked for HMRC for 27 years.

For many years she worked in HMRC's Accounts Office at Shipley, collecting PAYE and Class 1 NIC and reimbursing Statutory Payments to small employers, before moving into Human Resources. An HR manager for four years, Helen also ran the payroll for the Accounts Office staff's childcare scheme.

In 2004 Helen transferred to the Employer Team in HMRC's Business Customer Unit, specialising in employer customer understanding, before supporting David Ellis, the Senior Civil Servant responsible for Employer Engagement.

A graduate of the CIPP's Foundation Degree in Payroll Management, Helen's responsibilities with the CIPP include managing the Policy Team and the CIPP's Advisory Service. She writes articles for the CIPP website and magazine as well as external publications, attending consultation forums with different government departments, conducting consultation surveys and submitting responses to the various bodies. She also presents at CIPP and external events keeping payroll practitioners in touch with the latest developments in payroll legislation.


Sarah has lead responsibility for the Institute of Fundraisings staff, culture, finance, facilities, technology and business development. Her role involves developing and optimising the Institute's internal resources.