Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, honoured with an OBE
Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen has been honoured with an OBE for her services to business in Scotland and abroad.
On 29th December 2017, Alison was one of three people from the North-east of Scotland to be honoured with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. An OBE is a Queen’s honour given to an individual for a major local role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector.
Alison launched activpayroll in Aberdeen in 2001, specialising in payroll for the oil and gas industry, since then she has grown the firm, opening offices across the globe, including Singapore, Frankfurt and Florida and providing payroll services to some of the world’s leading brands.
In addition to growing a successful global company, Alison has given up a lot of her time to help various charities. Across the years Alison has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in challenges such as the Monster Ski Challenge, Ride the North and cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Alison will officially receive her OBE from The Queen at an Investiture organised by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood in the next seven months.
Alison Sellar comments: “I’m overwhelmed and humbled; I never thought I’d be here. Everything I’ve achieved is down to my team around me, you don’t achieve anything alone and I’m privileged to have been supported through every step of my journey thanks to my activpayroll team, customers, partners and of course, my family and friends.
This is a massive achievement and I will be collecting the OBE on behalf of everyone at activpayroll in recognition of the team’s professionalism, dedication and support.”
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