Our Team | Crest Plus

Meet some of the people behind Crest Plus.

Valerie Lawton ACMA MAAT
Joint Managing Director

Val joined the Crest Plus team in March 2018 and is our lead on finance, compliance and regulatory issues.  She has significant expertise in contractor payments having worked in the recruitment industry for some 28 years.  Outside of work, Val is a passionate supporter of Claire House Children’s Hospice in Chester where she serves as a trustee.


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Paul McDonnell
Joint Managing Director

Paul joined Crest Plus at the end of 2006.  After becoming Head of Sales he was appointed Director in 2012.  Paul and his team seek to create long-lasting partnerships with recruitment agencies across the UK, listening and responding to their needs in an ever-changing legislative landscape. Outside work, Paul is a keen sports fan and a dad to 2 very ‘sporty’ children. He manages to combine the two by supporting his children in all of their activities at every opportunity whilst still being able to get Old Trafford!


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Paul Flannery
Operations Manager

Paul joined Crest Plus in 2007 and leads our fantastic Customer Relationship and Accounting Teams, liaising with contractors and recruiters on a day-to-day basis.  Compliance is very much at the top of his agenda, alongside helping all contractors to get the most from their working life.

When not at work, Paul enjoys football, cycling, triathlon and spending time with his family.


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Marko Carter
Head of IT

Marko joined Crest Plus in 2006 and leads our IT team, ensuring clients and staff have access to the information they need, when they need it.  His ethos is to put the customer at the heart of IT strategy, helping us to serve customers better and more efficiently through the use of technology.

When not at work, Marko can be found riding his motorbikes, playing bass guitar and spending time with his wife and two young children.


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Ian Young
Head of Business Development

Ian joined us in 2011, having worked in the contractor payments industry since 2000.  His focus has been on developing long-lasting relationships with our many recruitment agency partners. He prides himself in never taking any business for granted so that all clients receive the highest possible standards of service, and his knowledge of the ever-changing legislative landscape is second-to-none. A keen golfer, Ian plays off a handicap of 5, and enjoys spending time with his wife and young son.


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Patrick Dunlea
Account Manager

As a member of the relationship team, Patrick’s role is to act as the primary point of contact for our recruitment agency partners as well as to support contractors in getting the most out of our solutions and services.  Having joined Crest Plus in 2013, Patrick has an excellent knowledge of compliance and regulatory issues.  Outside work he’s a life-long Liverpool FC supporter and a committed family man.


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Sam Mead
Commercial Manager

Sam joined Crest Plus in 2005 and manages our highly skilled payments, finance and HR teams.  Her priority is to enable us to provide excellent customer service alongside support functions that help to maintain the business values. When not at work, Sam enjoys cooking, going to concerts and spending time with family and friends.


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