Education Payroll Limited is led by a Chief Executive whose team comprises personnel specifically selected for their experience and expertise in relevant management positions. The team is:

Arlene White

Chief Executive

Arlene assumed the role of Chief Executive at Education Payroll Limited on 7 February 2018. Prior to that she was the Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery at Inland Revenue. A lifelong public servant, Arlene began her career at the Canada Revenue Agency and worked in progressively more responsible roles there, prior to immigrating to New Zealand in March 2012 to take up the role with Inland Revenue.

Arlene spent the majority of her career in regional operations before moving to CRA Headquarters as the Assistant Commissioner, Assessment and Benefit Services Branch. In this role she was responsible for a large service delivery operation as well as leading several key business transformation initiatives including the development and promotion of electronic services.

Arlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics, from the University of Manitoba (Canada). She also has a two year accounting certificate and a second language proficiency (French).


Brian Elliott

Head of Corporate

Brian brings to EPL a background in financial management positions that includes strategic financial management, operating in a project management environment, and business planning and strategy.

Prior to his appointment with EPL, Brian was the Chief Financial Officer for Maritime New Zealand, following earlier financial roles in the public and private sector. Brian has worked across government in agencies such as ACC, Parliamentary Service, and The Civil Aviation Authority. His private sector experience also includes roles at Vehicle Testing Group, Amcor Packaging and BOC Gas.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accountancy and an MBA. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit, travelling and new study opportunities.


Anna Brodie

Head of Technology

Anna brings significant ICT leadership experience in operations management, leading large ICT technology teams and managing mission critical enterprise scale systems.

With extensive experience in data and database design management, infrastructure design, she brings a passion for innovation and continuous improvement.

Prior to joining Education Payroll Limited, Anna was the Technical Services Manager at the Bank of New Zealand where she also has held roles as senior technical consultant, team leader and systems software engineer over the last decade. She has also represented the field internationally including in ICT Technology knowledge transfer including as president for The International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) board of directors as a volunteer.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from Central Institute of Technology, Wellington, New Zealand.

She enjoys spending time with her daughter and friends, successfully balancing work and life living rural, and maintaining a life style block with sheep and chickens.

Mark Dwight

Head of Operations

Mark is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. He is a former chartered accountant and holds a BA in history, as well as a Master of Business Administration.

A former Chief Executive of infrastructure management company Pencarrow Group, which he saw through to successful divestment, Mark has served as Chief Financial Officer for both the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Ministry of Education.

Mark also developed and led the introduction of the Ministry of Education’s current strategy and operating model.

His earlier career has spanned both finance and ICT. During a 12-year career at Telecom, Mark held roles as General Manager Enterprise Systems, and General Manager Networks, with responsibility for more than 1800 staff. Mark served as a Director of MITO and Vehicle Testing New Zealand, each for nine years.

He lives on the Kapiti Coast with his wife Louise, and enjoys cooking and playing guitar.