PPI Awards: Meet the Judges

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Anne Reilly, Chief Executive Officer Paycheck Plus

Anne Reilly is founder and CEO of Paycheck Plus, Ireland’s leading payroll outsource service. Anne’s career pivoted from Finance and Purchasing in Multinationals to primary school teaching. But it was her passion for payroll that lead her to become a lecturer in Irish payroll and employment law where she spotted the niche to offer something different. It’s no coincidence that Anne is a recipient of numerous awards including Businesswoman of the Year and Best Leader Award last December at the prestigious London Payroll Awards. Anne’s numerous qualifications and depth of experience in the payroll outsource industry gives her invaluable insight as to how payroll should be operated. But it’s not just in payroll that Anne excels.  She is a licensed practitioner in NLP and a Certified Company Director with the Institute of Directors.  She is a Board Member on several charities and is commencing her sixth year as a voluntary lead with ACORNS, an initiative of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and the Marine to support rural female entrepreneurship.  She recently qualified as an Executive Coach and is currently studying Strategy and Innovation as part of a Masters’ programme as well as being a mother of four boys.

Anne is a regular speaker at business events both locally and internationally, where she relishes the opportunity to share her passion for payroll, strategy and entrepreneurship with others.

Paycheck Plus provide payroll expertise with consistently accurate and timely payroll services tailored to meet her clients’ requirements.  Paycheck Plus’ team of Payroll Professionals, have carved a niche for payroll outsource services in compliance-focused organisations such as Banks, Tech, Pharma, Retail, Manufacturing, Engineering and Professional Services.  Their clients range from small indigenous SME’s to PLC’s across a range of sizes and sectors in 18 different countries.

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Fidelma McGuirk Founder & CEO Payslip

Fidelma McGuirk is the founder and CEO of automation and integration technology company, Payslip. McGuirk has 20+ years experience scaling international business and leading multi-national teams, Global HR & IT functions. McGuirk identified the need for an automation and integration technology solution to help multinational employers standardize and centrally manage their global payroll. Founding Payslip in Westport, Ireland in 2016, it now has teams and clients across the US & EU markets.

Payslip provides Automation & Integration technology that delivers standardized Global Payroll Management to multinational employers. Payslip technology integrates with HCM & Accounting/ERP systems: automating payroll processes, standardizing payroll data and consolidating payroll reporting. Companies can centrally manage their global payroll operations with visibility, control and governance while scaling easily into new countries.

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Maeve Whooley Chief Marketing Officer ISME

Maeve is responsible for marketing, communication and business development for the association. She is a marketing and communications professional with over eighteen years of experience in consumer and B2B Marketing. Her previous roles include Head of Marketing for Space Property Group and Marketing Manager for Samsung, Croke Park and RTÉ. She holds an MSc in e-Commerce from DCU.

ISME, the Irish SME Association, is the only independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises and currently has in excess of 10,500 members nationwide. Uniquely in Ireland, ISME is independent of big business, big banks and government and gives voice to the issues facing SME owner-managers. ISME is owned, funded and managed by SME owner-managers, representing the sector through its Members. Therefore, can rightly claim to be the true independent voice of the Irish SME. ISME is a not-for-profit membership organisation whose National Council is made up of elected owner-managers of SMEs from all over Ireland and from a variety of sectors.
ISME exist to support SME owner-managers by lobbying on their behalf, providing advice and information, and offering discounts on products and services through our ADVANTAGE – Affinity programme. ISME also provides a number of opportunities for business networking through events and training. We promote and give our members opportunities to work together via the Members Area of the website, and to work with other businesses through advertising and publicity on the ISME website, publications and digital channels.

Duncan Graham

Duncan Graham Managing Director Retail Excellence

Originally from Nottingham Duncan has a wealth of experience in Irish retail since his arrival in Cork in 1996 where he spent 2 years with Marks and Spencer in Cork before relocating to Dublin. In 1999 he moved ‘across the road’ to Brown Thomas in Grafton street where he spent 3 years as General Manager before taking on a role as CEO in the fashion industry. For the last 8 years Duncan has worked as Retail Director for Specsavers covering Ireland, Scotland and Spain. Duncan says ‘I am delighted to have joined Retail Excellence at such a critical point for the retail, it’s an honour to follow David and I am looking forward to working with retailers and partners from across the country as we shape the industry for the future’

Retail Excellence wasestablished in 2005, it is owned by the members, for the members. They are an organisation which invests in innovative and exciting learning, market intelligence, human resources services, Government representation and member networking initiatives. Retail Excellence has over 2,200 leading retail company members with over 13,000 stores in Ireland. Their members are the most progressive and innovative retailers. Retail Excellence is by far the largest retail industry body in Ireland.

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Catherine Bannon Payroll Industry Expert

Catherine is a senior HR professional with 20+ years’ experience across multiple industries, including financial services, telco, travel, leisure and data management covering the full HR employee life cycle. She holds a Diploma in Payroll Management from IPASS and is an IPASS full member. Catherine has extensive payroll experience working as an in-house employee and an external self-employed consultant, covering payroll in Ireland, UK, France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. To complement her operational payroll, payroll office relocation, and outsourcing experience, Catherine has lectured for IPASS delivering their Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) Stage 1 and 2 courses, which is accredited by QQI Higher Education, Level 6 Special Purpose qualifications on the National Framework of Qualifications.

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Colin Canny Head of Originations Flender

Colin has over 10 years of experience across the banking and financial services industry with a specific focus on business development, B2B sales, and strategic account management. Previous employers include the Bluestone Group and AIB where he served alongside the senior management team in various roles including sales, product design, business development, and credit analysis. In his role with Flender, Colin is responsible for direct management of the entire Flender Originations team and Flenders sales strategy across their intermediary network across Ireland.

Flender was founded in 2015 to help Irish SMEs access the finance they need to expand and grow their businesses.Flender is a digital lending platform that provides Irish SMEs with flexible finance, quick decisions and competitive rates. Flender offers Ireland’s fastest loan process and can fund SME loans in just 24 hours.Flender is Ireland’s fastest growing digital lender and a trusted source of funding for hundreds of Irish businesses.Please visit for more information

Paycheck Plus, Your ISO Accredited Payroll Service

Paycheck Plus is an award-winning payroll service, providing an outsourced payroll service to businesses across Ireland and the UK. Our highly experienced payroll professionals provide comprehensive, ISO and ISAE 3402 accredited payroll outsourcing services to organisations of all sizes.

We specialise in all aspects of payroll, including payroll consultancy, payroll audits, payroll reporting, payroll training, company set-up and wind-down, and special projects.