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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 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.


Ceri Edwards is Director of Engagement and External Affairs at the Institute of Fundraising, responsible for promoting the organisation, its work and reputation and making sure its views, and those of its members, contribute to opinion forming and decision making across the charity sector and beyond.

Ceri is a former BBC political producer, and started his campaigning career with human rights group Liberty. He has also worked for the Citizenship Foundation, Action for Children and the BBC Children in Need Appeal. He has held senior communication and policy roles at London Councils, the Local Government Association and the People's Heath Trust.

He is a former chair and volunteer at London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard; a former trustee of Survivors UK and the Empty Homes Agency; and has volunteered with INQUEST, his local food bank in Vauxhall and as a prison visitor.


Nik is the Communications Support Manager at London bus operator, Arriva London. He is heavily involved in encouraging colleagues to join the company's Payroll Giving scheme, which has seen them being awarded the Platinum Quality Mark for 206 and 2017.