Payroll Giving


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 15 years' experience in Payroll Giving, having worked for a Professional Fundraising Organisation, Payroll Giving Agency and within charities from Diabetes UK to Save the Children. She is the founder of Payroll Giving Surgery, a consultancy helping charities reach their Payroll Giving potential.

Mervi is the Chair of Institute of Fundraising's Payroll Giving Special Interest Group.

During her time at Save the Children she helped them to win Best Civil Society Employer category at the 2012 National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards, conducted their first ever Payroll Giving upgrade campaign and initiated digital activities from paid search to LinkedIn and Facebook advertising to email campaigns.


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!


Grace looks after Payroll Giving at Cancer Research UK, where she helped achieve Best Civil Society Employer award category in last year's National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards.

She has been a committee member of the IOF Payroll Giving Special Interest Group for the past two years and is also the first permanent chair of the Payroll Giving Charities Forum. The forum represents a group of 12 top national charities who meet regularly to network, share best practice and help grow Payroll Giving within the sector as a whole, something which Grace is passionate about.

Head of Policy and Research

Daniel is Head of Policy and Research and leads the Institute's policy development and research work, keeping up to date with member priorities, promoting innovation on fundraising and working with key stakeholders, including civil servants and politicians, to make sure fundraising and giving are key priorities for the current and future governments.

Associate Director of Policy & Research

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.

Holding the MSc in Business and Payroll Management through Derby University, Helen's responsibilities with the CIPP include managing the Policy Team and the CIPP's Advisory Service. She writes articles for the CIPP 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.