About us

We put purpose before profit.

Thankyou Payroll is a Dunedin based social business that aims to create holistic benefits. We provide free payroll intermediary services to SMEs and charities all over New Zealand. We use an IRD subsidy to cover our costs and we put 25 cents per person, per pay (up to $1.25 per client) into the Thankyou Charitable Trust, which distributes funds to community organisations around New Zealand.

It all began in 2009 when Hugh Davidson and Kate Stevens saw an opportunity to leverage an IRD payroll subsidy to create community good. From the musty depths of a Port Chalmers garage, version one of the online payroll system emerged. Steady improvement and word of mouth saw the company grow in clients, staff and service features. In 2013 we launched version 2 of Thankyou Payroll, with greater versatility, easier integration with external services like Xero and a range of other client focused features.

We now work with thousands of clients all over New Zealand and process millions of dollars worth of pays each week. We have opened a Wellington office and we continue to focus on maintaining a great work environment because dang! it makes life more fun.

The team!

In Dunedin:

The Thankyou Payroll Dunedin team, with (from left to right) Hugh Davidson, Letisha Nicholas and Tom Bond

The Dunedin team, Hugh, Teesh and Tom.

In Wellington:

The Thankyou Payroll Wellington team, with (from left to right) Saima Ali, Lesleigh Romond, Heather Allot, Natalie Dromgool, Christina Bellis and Aiko the dog!

Saima (far left) joins us every day online from Christchurch but was in Wellington for this team photo! Otherwise this is our fine customer service team Lesleigh, Heather and Nat. On the far right with Aiko the dog, is Christina, our fearless leader. See brief bios below.

Christina Bellis: CEO

Christina comes to us from Sustainability Trust, where she was senior manager, orchestrating a multitude of successful, award winning community programmes and driving significant growth in her six and a half year term. She also serves on 3 not-for-profit boards and has a rich history of work in the community and environmental sector both here and in her home country of Canada.

Christina brings a wealth of skills and organisational experience that will help Thankyou Payroll consolidate our consistently strong growth in readiness for world domination. She is deeply fond of classic bicycles and is usually seen commuting on one of at least two that she owns, and sometimes with Aiko the dog in tow!

Hugh Davidson: Founder & CTO

In 2009 after a stint as service design at the IRD, Hugh identified a gap in the payroll service market and decided to build a unique social enterprise. The concept: a free-to-user, cloud based social enterprise.

Two versions, 3560 coffees, and 5 years later, Thankyou Payroll is working! Working for SMEs and not-for-profits all over New Zealand, for the IRD, and for local communities throughout NZ via the Thankyou Charitable Trust.

It’s a good story! It's proof that innovative ideas, hard work and a good team can affect positive change across multiple sectors.

Hugh has double degrees in Design for technology and Philosophy, brews delicious beer, makes exemplary coffee, owns the cutest dog at his house and is world famous for his seven-year streak winning the Alexandra Blossom Festival Trolley Derby.

Tom Bond: Designer

Tom joined Thankyou Payroll in 2012 and has developed a comprehensive working knowledge of payroll and client engagement. He brings a broad range of creative and technical expertise to the fore with well over 15 years in web, design, and marketing related work both in New Zealand and the UK.

Tom’s all round experience is a unique asset in our dynamic start-up environment.

Tom has also represented New Zealand and Scotland in ultimate frisbee. No really, it's a thing. And he has recently returned to motorsport after a long hiatus and dreams of one day racing an electric car.

Natalie Dromgool: Client happiness specialist + PAYE filing admin

Natalie joined us in 2015, a year of exceptional growth, and she was, and remains being, a key part of the team during that time. Her experience, wonderfully mathematical brain, prodigious ability to learn and her organisational skills are a huge asset for the TYP team, and our clients, as we grow.

Natalie’s quirky sense of humour and rearguard action in support of tea drinking are additional charms, and much appreciated glue for the team when the load is heavy and annual leave questions are torrential.

Letisha Nicholas: Client happiness specialist

Letisha moved from warm, sunny Northland to chilly ol' Dunedin 6 years ago to study a BSc in Zoology. She joined the Thankyou Payroll team in 2014 and is currently working fewer hours so she can concentrate on completing her Masters of Science ('Landlord decision making about the energy performance of rentals').

In her spare time, Letisha is busy solving climate change and developing a social enterprise to improve rental housing in Dunedin.

Saima Ali: Developer

Saima works from home in Christchurch where she lives with her family. She joined us in 2015 in her very capable capacity as a developer, and stays well connected with the rest of us via online platforms.

We have many projects on the go currently and having Saima onboard is making a considerable difference to our responsiveness to client needs!

Heather Allott: Client happiness specialist

Heather kayaks across the Cook Strait for fun in the weekends, so you know, in terms of sanity she fits right in here! She also comes to us with considerable banking experience, payroll knowledge and has a long history of involvement with not-for-profit groups and sports clubs.

Heather is our latest full-time hire and we're thrilled to have her aboard

Lesleigh Romond: Client happiness specialist

Lesleigh is a colourful individual, with tremendous warmth, a quirky sense of humour and a love of 'ink'. She brings considerable experience to Thankyou Payroll after working with other forward thinking agencies.

Outside of TYP, she adores spending time with her family including her 2 SPCA fur babies - Pixie and Poppy!

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