Education Payroll is run by a board of directors: Sandi Beatie, Cathy Magiannis, Marcel van den Assum, and Colin MacDonald. The board reports to two shareholding Ministers: the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Education.

Sandi Beatie QSO (Chair)


Sandi Beatie

Sandi chairs the board, and holds several other governance roles, including membership of the risk and assurance governance committees of the Inland Revenue, NZ Police and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is also an independent member of the Te Ara Manaaki programme board for the Department of Internal Affairs.

Sandi has previously chaired the Archives Council, has held membership of a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Public Broadcasting, and has been a Director of the Independent Quality Assurance New Zealand Ltd board.

Sandi is a former Deputy State Services Commissioner and has also previously held a range of senior roles in the public and private sectors.


Marcel van den Assum


Marcel van den Assum

Marcel holds several advisory roles in innovation and technology-driven transformation and is also currently chair of Merlot.Aero ltd, Flick Electric Ltd, Sprout Agritech Ltd, and Wipster Ltd, and is a Director of Regen Ltd.

Prior to his governance career, Marcel was CIO of New Zealand’s largest company Fonterra for five years, and before that was Managing Principal of Unisys New Zealand holding leadership roles in various global functions. He has worked across many industry sectors and government entities, and in most geographies.


Cathy Magiannis

Cathy MagiannisCathy is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Technology at Massey University. As former Deputy Secretary of Education Payroll Services within the Ministry of Education, Cathy helped resolve the issues in delivery of payroll services and led the transition of the Novopay service to Education Payroll. Cathy was then made Chief Executive of Education Payroll where she oversaw the initial stages of our intensive work programme to improve the schools’ payroll system and service.

Cathy’s experience spans both the public and private sectors.  She is a highly experienced leader and operational manager with proven programme delivery expertise. Before joining the education sector, Cathy was Chief Executive of the Gareth Morgan Investments Group. She has also held senior management roles at Inland Revenue including programme director of KiwiSaver, where she led the implementation of the initiative across government.

Colin MacDonald QSO

Colin MacDonaldColin has more than 35 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. He has held executive roles in ANZ Banking Group and Inland Revenue, and has been the Chief Executive of two government departments.

With a professional background in Information Technology, Colin has a deep understanding of the context of major technology initiatives in the state sector, and the ways in which governance can maximise success.

Colin has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Glasgow University and is a Chartered Engineer. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors. In the 2019 New Year Honours list, he was appointed as a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the state.