Founding member of UK’s IReeN payroll user group passes away Founding member of UK’s IReeN payroll user group passes away

Founding member of UK’s IReeN payroll user group passes away
11 Oct 2018

Martyn Faulker, a founding member of the UK’s IReeN payroll user group and longstanding former Committee member, has sadly passed away.

Martyn, who was also a trainer, consultant and true gentleman, had a long career in the payroll and pensions industry. He was responsible for mentoring and guiding many people in their career choices within the profession, including various past and present members of the IReeN Committee who benefited personally from his support.

Martyn had lived through many changes in the sector, including the creation of a local government payroll and pensions organisation and qualification, which pre-dated the foundation of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. But his greatest achievements were linked to the relationship he developed with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the steady hand he provided as a founding member and small business representative of the Taxpayers Data Standards Forum.

Martyn, by his own admission, never minced words if he thought something was incorrect, impractical or simply missed the point. He often held up a mirror to HMRC to show them that what they thought was working was actually failing. But he always worked with the organisation to find a way forward that would work both for it, Ministers and, of course, employers of all sizes too. 

In fact though, many of Martyn’s efforts were undertaken quietly in the background, with few of us even realising what was happening.

The evidence he provided to HMRC was gathered in the many training sessions and payroll special interest groups he attended. Here he understood that many employers were simply not getting the message about new legislation, which meant they were carrying on as usual - even in the face of significant change being introduced. He constantly fed this scenario back to HMRC to help it improve its communications, while sharing employers’ thinking to help the taxman understand them better.

Martyn leaves a legacy that, in various ways, we have all benefitted from, and his insights and wisdom will be missed. Rest in peace, Martyn, and thank you for everything you did for us. We send our love and condolences to his wife, Michele.

Yvette Lamidey

Michelle Lamidey is director of consultancy, The Business Locksmith.

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Martyn Faulker, a founding member of the UK’s IReeN payroll user group and longstanding former Committee member, has sadly passed away.

Martyn, who was also a trainer, consultant and true gentleman, had a long career in the payroll and pensions industry. He was responsible for mentoring and guiding many people in their career choices within the profession, including various past and present members of the IReeN Committee who benefited personally from his support.

Martyn had lived through many changes in the sector, including the creation of a local government payroll and pensions organisation and qualification, which pre-dated the foundation of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. But his greatest achievements were linked to the relationship he developed with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the steady hand he provided as a founding member and small business representative of the Taxpayers Data Standards Forum.

Martyn, by his own admission, never minced words if he thought something was incorrect, impractical or simply missed the point. He often held up a mirror to HMRC to show them that what they thought was working was actually failing. But he always worked with the organisation to find a way forward that would work both for it, Ministers and, of course, employers of all sizes too. 

In fact though, many of Martyn’s efforts were undertaken quietly in the background, with few of us even realising what was happening.

The evidence he provided to HMRC was gathered in the many training sessions and payroll special interest groups he attended. Here he understood that many employers were simply not getting the message about new legislation, which meant they were carrying on as usual - even in the face of significant change being introduced. He constantly fed this scenario back to HMRC to help it improve its communications, while sharing employers’ thinking to help the taxman understand them better.

Martyn leaves a legacy that, in various ways, we have all benefitted from, and his insights and wisdom will be missed. Rest in peace, Martyn, and thank you for everything you did for us. We send our love and condolences to his wife, Michele.

Yvette Lamidey

Michelle Lamidey is director of consultancy, The Business Locksmith.

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