CEO of award winning Cintra HR & Payroll Services, Carsten has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of payroll and software development. Committed, enthusiastic and proactive, Carsten has taken Cintra from strength to strength during his 14 year tenure. His passion and commitment to customer service is celebrated and he has been recognised in Payroll World’s Top 50 Most Influential People for the past three years. No stranger to fundraising, Carsten has donned the orange COCO jersey on many an occasion, running the Barcelona, Amsterdam and Kielder marathons (to name but a few), cycling across Kenya and leading the winning Coast to Coast team for the past four years.

A native of Denmark, Carsten is an adopted Geordie with a legendary zest for life.  A firm believer that ‘we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give’, his generosity, enthusiasm and caring nature, endear him to all he meets. A diving enthusiast, Carsten’s dream would be to run his own diving school (although in warmer climes than the North Sea!).  His partner Suzanne and young son Soren complete the Staehr family, and Carsten’s life.