Walking around our offices, you’ll meet payroll and taxation specialists with decades of experience working in the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms, HM Revenue & Customs and with regulatory backgrounds. Our people all share a passion for our industry and take personal pride in delivering a leading global service. We differentiate ourselves by having one of the strongest global teams of specialists in payroll, expatriate tax and human resources. Our people hold leading industry knowledge and provide an informed window into the future through active consultancy work with global regulators. We are firmly focused on providing our professional workforce with career development programs and opportunities to continually develop their skill-set. We promote an open culture within our company and operate as one team.
Our people are carefully selected to provide our customers with unrivalled industry experience and geographic expertise.
Alison is our Non-Executive Director, founder and former Chief Executive Officer of activpayroll. Alison launched activpayroll in 2001 in Aberdeen, Scotland as a local firm providing payroll services to the oil and gas industry. As a result of Alison’s own personal drive and hard work, activpayroll is now a leading global professional service organisation with offices around the globe. In 2017, Alison was honoured with an OBE from the Queen for business services in Scotland and abroad.
In May 2021, after two decades as CEO of activpayroll, Alison stepped down from her position and took up her role as Non-Executive Director, alongside Euan Sellar. Despite continuing to support the business at board level, Alison made the decision to take a step back to spend more time with her family and friends.
Alison is very passionate about helping worthy causes in any way that she can. From 2016 to 2021, she led the activpayroll team to raise over £100,000 for various charities through a range of challenges, including Ride the North, Kiltwalk and cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Graham has over twenty five years of global mobility experience and heads up activpayroll’s Global Mobility Division. He is a qualified tax professional and a member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).
Prior to becoming a global mobility specialist, Graham worked for HMRC for nearly ten years, learning about the intricacies of taxation, eventually specialising in expatriate taxation providing guidance, support and advice to Fleet Street journalists. He then worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland as a Tax Manager in the Private Trust and Taxation department, advising major organisations upon their tax affairs. He continued to build his experience in complex taxation policies, including managing tax affairs of corporate executives based in Jersey and Guernsey.
Graham then moved into private practice, spending a number of years working for Deloitte and latterly PwC, delivering global mobility solutions to blue chip organisations across numerous industry sectors.
Graham’s expertise lies very much in managing clients’ internationally mobile employee population in order to deliver process, cost and administration efficiencies together with employment tax guidance, support and advice covering all areas within the global mobility arena including immigration, employment law, international benefits, income tax, social security and payroll.
During his career with activpayroll, Graham has gained extensive expertise in relation to the specific global employment tax challenges that arise in the Oil & Gas industry in addition to enhancing the company’s financial services, technology, aerospace and engineering global client base.
In his spare time, Graham is a keen golfer and season ticket holder at Tynecastle so he is a big Hearts fan. He also loves travelling and is aiming to visit all 50 states in the US.
Euan began working for activpayroll in 2009 as Chairman and in 2013 he took on the role of Global Operations Director before moving to Chief Operating Officer. Since retiring from his role as COO, Euan has taken up the role of Non-Executive Director, alongside founder and former CEO of activpayroll, Alison Sellar.
Euan is a qualified Engineer with over 21 years’ experience in both Project Management and Operations Management in the global oil and gas industry. His leadership skills and familiarity of working with people from different nationalities and cultures ensured a smooth transition to the world of Global Payroll Operations.
Nick is our Chief Financial Officer and brings a wealth of experience to the team. Nick has previously worked for large international businesses, mentored start-up companies in the technology sector, consulted with various FTSE 100 companies and government, as well as a number of PE backed businesses. Nick plays a key role at activpayroll and is responsible for helping shape the strategic and continued international growth, capitalising on the ever-increasing demand for activpayroll’s payroll and tax solutions.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, he has two sons and enjoys getting out into the local countryside with his wife Michelle to walk their dog.
Jim is our Chairman and brings with him over two decades of experience in chairing a range of private equity backed companies, including sectors such as energy research, insurance, fund administration, vehicle rental, pharma services and timber supplier. In previous years, Jim has also chaired the National Lottery Film Production Committee, been a Governor of Glasgow School of Art and a board member of the Scottish Arts Council.
Jim has a background in advertising and has worked for some of the world’s largest agencies. In 1985, Jim launched his very own advertising agency, growing it from a start up to the largest marketing services group outside of London. In 2001, Jim sold the agency and started his new career in private equity.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with his two grandsons, watching football, playing golf and reading about history.
David is our Chief People Officer and brings an impressive amount of international knowledge and experience to the team. Having worked as a Human Resources professional for over 30 years, David has previously worked across a spectrum of roles, including HR Business Partner, Head of Talent, Chief Talent Officer and Head of Leadership. In addition, David is also a published author and had his first book, ‘The Self Determined Manager’, published in 2019.
As a thought-leader in the fields of learning and development, talent management and leadership development, David has influenced leaders and teams around the world and created better-managed companies as a result. Using his wealth of experience and prior to joining activpayroll, David established The Talent Office, a talent management consulting firm.
Having worked and lived in the United Kingdom, United States and Asia, David’s expertise spans a wide range of private sector organisations and has been at the heart of elevating corporate cultures and empowering effective teams in industries such as professional services, financial services, investment and commercial banking and energy.
Outside of work, David is a trustee for the charity Friends of the Elderly and an advisor to a start-up in graduate recruiting. David also tries to fit in a little jogging and cycling, and he loves spending time with his friends and family, especially his adult children, James and Emma.
Andy Martin is our Chief Technology Officer with over twenty years of experience in software development and IT Service Delivery.
Andy’s role is focused on two key areas; supporting the business objectives through strategic technology development and implementation and managing the strategic projects that involve the activ8 suite.
Andy has worked with a variety of customers, from local SMEs through to International Fortune 500s. He has worked with a variety of project methodologies (including SSADM and PRINCE2) as both part of a project team and as a project manager. Andy has a strong service focus and is used to working in high availability, high security environments. In addition to this, Andy has vast experience with both using and developing software.
Having spent the first ten years of his career focused on the development and implementation of Manufacturing Execution Systems, Andy is familiar with many of ERP solutions including SAP and Oracle Financials.
Andy has a BSc Hons Computing Science from Aberdeen University as well as a Foundation certificate in ITIL v2 (Service Delivery/Support). Away from work Andy is a keen cinema goer which always makes him handy for any of our Quiz nights.
Sandra is our Group Human Resources Manager with 18 years’ experience in Human Resources and senior food retail operational management. Her role at activpayroll is key in driving business growth and change, growing talent through training and development, encouraging, recognising and mentoring people to reach their full potential.
Her early background was in food technology and production, managing a large team and being responsible for delivering sales plan and business growth. For the last 13 years, Sandra has held the senior role of People Service Manager in a large, fast paced global organisation. In this role, Sandra was responsible for all aspects of the HR department operation, with accountability for 350 hourly paid employees and 14 department managers.
As an experienced generalist, she was fully accountable for the payroll function and salary budgets, people development and succession planning, disciplinary, grievance and performance management processes as well as managing all HR legal compliance including data protection and all customer service operations.
In addition, Sandra is extremely client-focused and has a strong commercial and operational background, she is an experienced trainer, delivering accountability through the line and providing one on one support to help managers deliver their objectives. Sandra is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has experience in working with local schools, colleges and universities.
Away from work, Sandra enjoys dining out, networking and travelling to new countries.
Heading up the operations of our Dutch activpayroll office is Regional Director Bart van Meijl.
Bart has a Bachelor of Arts and studied Fiscal Law at the University of Leiden.
He is specialised in international payroll processes and has a large experience in multiple industries. He has also advised extensively on Human Resource processes within international companies in relation to payroll and finance structures.
Bart is member of the board of the Christen Democratic Party in The Netherlands and also a well know board member of several cultural and charity organisations.
Jay Chidgey is our Regional Director - Africa and brings 15 years of experience in Time and Attendance, African payroll and System Integrations.
Running his first payroll at 16 years old in his family run business, Jay has honed his payroll knowledge across Africa. Before joining activpayroll, he worked for a renowned global professional services firm based in Central London as their access control Systems Manager across EMEA for over a decade. This has allowed him to pick up a vast knowledge of many Time and Attendance systems and integrations.
Before becoming the focal point for the Africa region in 2018, Jay joined activpayroll as a Business Analyst and was involved in numerous projects for over 4 years.
Outside of work, Jay enjoys spending his time outdoors and can often be found hiking up Lions Head or Table Mountain.
Agnes is our France General Manager and brings with her over fifteen years’ experience in Human Resources and Payroll.
After having worked for more than 20 years in the airline industry, then in the luxury goods sector, she chose to direct her career towards business consulting.
She worked as HR Missions Director in a consulting firm for 7 years for a magnitude of clients across various industries. She has extensive experience in payroll implementations, operations and Human Resources in France.
Outside of work, Agnes enjoys spending time with her daughter, who she accompanies very often to riding competitions and also likes to share good times with friends.
Kimberly is our Payroll Operations Manager - Middle East based in Dubai and brings with her over twenty five years’ experience within in-house payroll and bureau environments.
She started her career in the Oil and Gas sector before relocating to Houston where she joined activpayroll. When relocating back to the UK, Kimberly continued her career with activpayroll, becoming UK Payroll Delivery Manager. In 2018 she relocated to Dubai to take up her current role.
She is a qualified CIPP trainer and has vast experience in all payroll functions. She believes in delivering payroll in a timely, error free manner and that an employee receiving their pay correctly is one of the key functions any employer can carry out.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling and helping Friends of Anchor, a charity close to her heart.
With a strong background in global taxation and payroll, Magnus heads up the activpayroll office in Denmark. He holds a double Master’s degree in Law and Business Law, is an external lecturer on Tax Law at the University in Aarhus, and maintains IBFD’s ITA guide on taxation of individuals in Denmark.
Magnus is the owner and CEO of a well-renowned taxation company in Denmark, serving a variety of major clients primarily within the defense, IT, financial and oil/gas sector. Magnus generally advises on all elements relating to international global mobility taxation and associated fields of secondment and expatriation. In addition to this, he provides advice on international hiring, hydrocarbon taxation, entry/exit-taxation, compliance, payroll and tax returns for individuals as well as structure of assignments, BIK and incentives.
Outside of work, Magnus enjoys playing guitar, socialising and gourmet dining. He is also involved in charity work within the health sector and is a dedicated blood donor.
Mallek is our Payroll Operations Manager – France and brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources and Payroll sector in France.
Mallek has held multiple positions for various industries, these include working as a Human Resources Manager for a renowned vehicle manufacturing company and as a Project Consultant and Payroll Consultant for an international management services company.
Having worked for both medium and large-sized organisations, Mallek brings a wealth of knowledge to the activpayroll team.
Outside of work, Mallek enjoys taking part in sports, especially football and loves spending time with his family, including his two young daughters.
Paul is our Payroll Operations Manager – Ireland and brings with him over 24 years’ experience in the Payroll sector in Ireland.
Paul has held multiple leadership roles throughout his career, both in-house and as part of the outsourcing sector. Having worked for small and large global organisations across Ireland, Paul’s experience encompasses payroll operations, implementations, consultancy, ISAE and customer relations. In addition to his wealth of experience, Paul is IPASS (Irish Payroll Association) qualified at certificate and diploma level.
Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends, travelling and gaming. Paul is also an active long-distance runner and has completed many races, including three marathons.
Berliza Laurente is a Singapore-based payroll management professional with 12 years of extensive experience in in-house and outsourced global payroll environments. Berliza started her career in payroll as a practitioner and progressed over the years to management roles responsible for operations, clients, vendors and teams.
Her experience encompasses payroll operations, payroll transitions and implementations. She has supported the payroll functions of different industries such as Pharmaceutical, Retail, Oil & Gas and Global Mobility. Before joining activpayroll, she worked for a renowned payroll outsourcing provider and a global leader in engineering services. Berliza achieved certifications and consistent recognitions for her contributions to process improvements and service delivery.
Berliza graduated with Latin Honours Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Her interests include travelling, trekking, food, movies and music.
Melanie is our Payroll Operations Manager – Australia and brings with her over twenty years’ experience in the payroll and bookkeeping industries.
Working in the family bookkeeping business from a young age, Melanie was often assisting with the processing of payrolls. With a desired career in hospitality though, she began her official working career in a large Perth hotel’s restaurant. Before long, her bookkeeping experience saw her take up a role in the hotel finance department and then return to the family business a few years later.
Her career quickly progressed to a payroll specialist, where she has worked as a Payroll Manager overseeing the processing of payrolls for a magnitude of clients across various industries. She has extensive experience in payroll implementations and operations in both Australia and New Zealand and is a Registered BAS Agent.
Outside of work, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and would like to go skiing in Canada one day.
Christopher is our Vice President for the activpayroll Americas Region, heading up the Florida office.
With over 20 years of experience in the consulting and services industry, Christopher is a highly collaborative and service-centric expert in the field of HR and Payroll service delivery. Having strong functional, technical and business qualifications, he has a firm understanding of the unique challenges related to both global and domestic projects.
He has extensive experience in strategic planning, project/portfolio management, business development, contract negotiation, off-shore strategy, and converting from or integrating with major domestic and international ERP platforms such as SAP, Workday, Oracle/PeopleSoft and many more.
During his professional career, Christopher has fulfilled various roles of Implementation Executive, Professional Services Director, Programme Manager and VP of Strategic Client Initiatives for various global payroll service organisations. Christopher attended the University of Hartford where he gained a BSBA degree studying Economics, Finance and Marketing.
Outside of work, Christopher enjoys spending time with family as well as boating and fishing local Florida waters.
Heading up the operations of our Canadian activpayroll office is Regional Director, Mike Salveta.
Mike is a business professional with over 25 years of progressive Senior Human Resources, Payroll and Management.
Prior to his current role, Mike spent more than 10 years with two leading global firms in various Management capacities. His strengths include strategic business and HR planning, risk management strategies, labour relations, employee engagement, leadership development, total compensation systems and employment practices.
Mike is a regular contributor to HR news articles and is regularly requested to speak to industry groups on a wide range of HR topics.
Mike completed post-graduate executive training with the Kellogg School of Business and the Ivey School of Business, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader.