Education Payroll is run by a board of directors: Sandi Beatie, Marcel van den Assum, Colin MacDonald, David Skinner and Liz Maguire. 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.


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.

Liz Maguire

Liz Maguire

Liz has 30 years’ experience in banking, payments and digital technology. She is the former Head of Digital and Transformation at ANZ Bank in New Zealand and was a member of ANZ New Zealand’s executive leadership team for four years.

She is widely recognised as a thought leader in digital transformation in New Zealand. Liz is the founder and CEO of Five Points Digital Limited, a specialist digital consultancy that helps corporates with digital transformation.

She is also an independent director for Implemented Investment Solutions Ltd and InvestNow Savings & Investment Ltd, specialist investment management companies.

Liz has a BCom in Management Studies & Labour Relations from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Skinner

David SkinnerDavid is an executive director of Gravelroad Consulting specialising in infrastructure and public policy risk economics. He has had a management career in telecommunications, electronic banking, and defence. He is a Board member of REANNZ, New Zealand’s advanced science research network.

Previous positions include Managing Director of Netway, Hypercom, and COO positions in Clear Communications. He has lived and worked previously in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

He holds a BE from Canterbury University and an MBA from Auckland University and is an associate fellow of the NZIM.