Meet the Team

The BusinessPaye team are experienced, qualified and all have a refreshing “nothing is too much” attitude to our work for you.  The entire team is at your disposal and it’s these people that you are trusting with your payroll work.  You will note that we have a solid team giving you a continuity of service that only an established payroll provider can offer.


Maria Cliffe

Contracts Administrator

Maria joined BusinessPaye in February 2015 as a Contracts Administrator.

Yasmin Thorpe

Payroll Assistant / HMRC Liaison Officer

Yasmin joined BusinessPaye in September 2015 as a Payroll Assistant.  Yasmin is our HMRC Liaison Officer as well as a Payroll Assistant.


Chrissy Long

Payroll Assistant / Pension Administrator

Chrissy joined BusinessPaye in January 2017 as a Payroll Assistant / Pension Administrator.

Chrissy spends much of her time ensuring that auto-enrolment is a smooth process for our client base.

Deborah Burrows

Administrative Assistant

Deborah joined BusinessPaye in August 2014 as a Administrative Assistant.

Having worked for over 20 years in the education sector, Deborah joined BusinessPaye to assist with the general administrative duties around the office.


Chloe Hall

Payroll Assistant / DBS co-ordinator

Chloe works as a Payroll Assistant and DBS co-ordinator here at BusinessPaye.  She spends most of her time working on our Disclosure and Barring Service side of the company but she also assists in much of the behind the scenes paperwork for BusinessPaye.

Louise Nelson

Payroll Assistant

Louise works as a payroll assistant and has many years experience with other large payroll bureau.  Her background specialised in pension processing helping BusinessPaye prepare for automatic enrolment into Workplace Pensions.  Louise will often be on the phones at BusinessPaye and also processes many of the changes clients make to their accounts.


Shirley Byde

Administrative Assistant

Shirley has been with BusinessPaye since May 2007, she assists the team with general administration. Shirley enjoys long walks in the park at the weekends and spending time with her 5 grand-children doing simple things like flying kites in the park and building sandcastles in the garden.

Andy Tonnew


Andy is BusinessPaye’s Bookkeeper, he oversees the keeping of the company finances and makes sure the numbers are all on the right lines and the figures all add up. In his spare time Andy enjoys playing Age of Empires computer game, doing DIY jobs around his house and long weekends at his holiday cottage in Dartmouth.


Anna Peeling

Assistant Payroll Manager

Anna joined BusinessPaye in September 2015.  She has overall responsibility for all outbound payroll from BusinessPaye.  Anna spends much of her time delivering training to the rest fo the team and ensuring that all deadlines are met within the team.

Nicholas Mitchell

Administrative Assistant

Nick works as an administrative assistant here at BusinessPaye.  Nick spends most of his time ensuring that each client has the correct HMRC forms completed and and that tax codes are correct.


Shelly Cliffin


Shelly joined BusinessPaye in April 2002 after working for Carphone Warehouse for 5 years. Shelly loves a good problem and it is usually her (as Senior Management) who will work with you should your account require special attention. When not at work Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two children Louie and Rowan. She is a keen gardener and enjoys nothing more than taking her boys to feed the ducks at Garsons Farm.

Graham Newton

Managing Director

Graham is very well known in the payroll industry for his extensive knowledge and pro active approach. His opinions has been recognised in the national press and he is the founder of BusinessPaye.  If at all possible Graham will try to speak to you when you first join BusinessPaye and will try to be the person you initially pass your details to.

In his free time Graham enjoys water sports (he has instructed sailing in his past) and likes walking his rescue dog called Toby.

Graham has been nicknamed by the team  “The James Bond of Payroll” or “Double 0 Calculator”.