October 11, 2021

Meet the team

Jo Wright, Joint CEO


How do you achieve success in your role?

I have worked in Payroll Giving since 1993, starting as a booking officer and working my way up to working on Business Development and then specialist Payroll Giving projects for charities. This has given me the base from which to develop the strongest, most hardworking teams I know and they, with guidance and team work, have built one of the largest, ethical and successful PFO’s.


What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My Father was a brilliant business man and role model. He taught me how to treat people with dignity, honesty and respect. He also told me the only person who would ever stop me achieving in life was myself.


What do you love most about what you do?

The relationships we build and seeing people learn and love #PayrollGiving as much as I do.
Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I am dyslexic and find this sort of written exercise a challenge. I left school at 14 to manage my own Greengrocers selling produce from our family farm. I’m also a speed freak and ride a race horse.

Helen Von-Trotsenberg – Joint CEO

How do you achieve success in your role?
Hard work, experience and the ability to resolve problems.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Make sure you have the best people around you, staff, suppliers etc.

What do you love most about what you do?

The differing aspects of my work and the obvious end result, helping so many good causes.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

Adore skiing but terrified of heights!!

Mandy Young – Corporate Development Manager

How do you achieve success in your role?

Using my creativity and empathic approach to providing effective solutions and engaging employee promotions.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

What do you love most about what you do?

The endless variety of organisations and people I meet.   Developing new ideas and creating amazing promotion campaigns to support charities. I love the feeling when a plan comes together.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.  I was a radio show host for a local community radio station for 5 years with an international audience from as far away as New Zealand and the USA. . 

Alice Wright – Operations Director

How do you achieve success in your role?

Being surrounded by team members with a wide array of skills, that compliment each other, from the creative to uber organised!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Do not make a permanent decision on a temporary emotion.

What do you love most about what you do?

I had to narrow this down to two things! The huge social impact – payroll giving is changing and improving lives, environments, research and future policies and secondly, genuinely the people. I am privileged to work with some really inspiring and motivated people, from our staff, suppliers, charities and corporate partners.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I am absolutely terrified of heights I have tried to conquer this fear by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Auckland Sky tower, the Rockefeller Centre and the Willis Tower in Chicago with no success – where shall I try next!

Bettina Irvine, Corporate Development Manager

How do you achieve #success in your role?

By listening to what our clients want and exploring the options that we have available and develop them to come up with a solution that can evolve and develop as time moves forward. Listening internally within our team is just as important to make sure we are all working towards the same goal.


What is the best #advice you’ve ever received?

To accept help, I do like to be in control. We are all working towards the same goals and this creates less pressure on one individual alone.
What do you #love most about what you do? The rapport we build up with our corporate clients – we have clients we have worked with for years, these relationships evolve and develop over time with the end result achieving more income for the charities which is amazing. The stories we hear from employees about their personal experiences and involvement with charities is a privilege. The fact that they feel comfortable in discussing these areas that are so personal to them and often can be upsetting is truly #inspirational.


Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I trained to be a nursery school teacher and despite being so serious with work, I love waterparks, paddleboarding and body boarding with my family.

Chloe Gammon, Fundraiser Coordinator

How do you achieve success in your role?

To achieve success within my role, I became a team player and willingly take on extra duties, making sure I have a positive attitude and understanding my companies’ expectations.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never stop learning and growing as a person, learn to forgive and let go.

What do you love most about what you do?

Interacting with people every day and helping them achieve the best they can.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I travelled round Asia and Australia for a year and 3 months and when I returned, I was lucky enough to get a job back at this same company.

Dawn Dwyer, Business Development Executive

How do you achieve success in your role?  

I was always brought up with the great old saying treat people how you would want to be treated ! so with this in mind dealing with people I definitely think this helps achieve all sorts of success!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Personal advice would be don’t follow your dreams chase them.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love to see and hear of the great causes we help charities achieve. Listening to how the money we have helped raise, has been used is so rewarding and humbling.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I was, as a baby/ child, taught sign language, along with learning to speak –  although no one in my family is deaf.

Donna Walford, Business Development Support

How do you achieve success in your role?

By being extremely organised and ensuring I completely understand what our customers need from materials, reports and online services.  Attention to detail and endless patience are also essential.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Focus on one thing at a time, prioritise and clarify requests.

What do you love most about what you do?

Working with a fantastic group of people both colleagues and customers.  Learning and designing new ways to enhance our online services.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I’m an avid music fan and camping enthusiast.  I regularly attend festivals and bands at the weekend.

Kara Francis, HR Administrator

How do you achieve success in your role?

I try to stay focussed by remembering why we do what we do, this motivates me to ensure I do all I can to support the whole team at StC.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen, Prioritise and don’t use sticky notes!

What do you love most about what you do?

I really enjoy the varying parts of my role, no day is ever the same. I love feeling like I have a voice within the business and that this feeds in to the greater team.

Tell us a surprising or a fun fact about you.

I love all wildlife but especially British wildlife, I am a keen bird watcher, I have taken lots pf photos of buzzards, kestrel’s, herons, finches and all kinds of birds in my garden and have had some appear in my local parish magazine.

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