Meet the Pennies team
We are run by a small but dedicated team of staff from a huge range of backgrounds and sectors who are helping make the Pennies movement a reality. Meet the members of the Pennies Team below and visit the Join us page for current vacancies:
Head of Business Development
Paul oversees the Business Development, Implementation and Product team at Pennies, as well as looking after our existing, new and prospective partners across the retail hospitality, travel and leisure sectors. He has been involved with charities for almost 50 years having run his first fundraising event when he was 10!
Technical Implementation Manager
Chris is in charge of implementing Pennies with new retailers, managing projects from first contact to taking the first donations, using his many years of experience in the card payment and industry. Chris likes to travel with his camera and he cycles about a lot – he hopes to combine the two activities when he can sort out a decent tripod.
Head of Finance and Operations
Liz heads up the Finance & Operations team and is responsible for all things finance, IT and general management. She has spent her career in the charity sector, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 at Sayer Vincent and working in senior roles at Macmillan Cancer Support for over 12 years prior to Pennies. Before accountancy found her, Liz wanted to be a professional musician, and recently moved house so she can fit a piano in the living room!
Marketing and Digital Executive
Elle has joined the Pennies brand police and focuses her time on social media, content planning and execution, design and copywriting. Out of the office, come rain or shine, Elle can be found making a mean roast for her family.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Gemma is our Office Manager and assistant to Alison, CEO of Pennies. She also helps organise and manage all Pennies events and supports the day to day running of each department. Gemma has recently joined her local WI and is now on a quest to make the perfect Victoria sponge.
Head of Business Development – Retail
Dion works with retailers keen to join the Pennies movement, and is responsible for managing new and existing partnerships of all sizes across the retail sector. Prior to Pennies Dion held senior roles at the Post Office and Barclays, and in his spare time is keen on keeping fit – except at the weekends when the gym is swapped for running around the garden with his young son.
Peter is one of the original brains behind the Pennies movement, and is also a trustee of Pennies. Peter has previously held senior roles at Puzzler Media Ltd, Esso Petroleum Ireland and Arthur Young Ireland (now Ernst & Young). Peter is the (self-confessed) number one consumer of the biscuits in the Pennies office.
Jolanta is responsible for managing the company’s accounts, including preparing, developing and analysing Pennies’ key financial information. Outside working hours, Jolanta is studying to become a professional accountant and also enjoys cross country cycling (but only when it’s not raining).
Adam’s background is in software development and computer science. He is responsible for coding improvements to help monitor Pennies’ income streams, as well as the day-to-day processing of donations and adding automation to Pennies’ systems. His interests include all things tech, science and the much promised artificial intelligence revolution.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Rozi is responsible for the Pennies brand, digital communications and charity relationships, with several years’ experience in the charity and retail sectors. When not designing marketing materials, Rozi can be found talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anyone who will listen.
Caroline has a part time role at Pennies as our Marketing Consultant, offering strategic advice and operational support regarding brand, digital and communications. Caroline, a senior marketing professional, also spends a lot of time chasing after her wayward Golden Retriever.