We are Zellis, the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of payroll and HR solutions.

Our history

We have over 50 years of heritage and industry experience – and we’ve been ahead of the curve throughout.

More than half a century ago, we were founded as Peterborough Data Processing. Quite a lot has changed since then – not least our name.

We were acquired by Northgate, becoming NorthgateArinso in 2007 and NGA Human Resources UK and Ireland in 2014, where we were joined by Moorepay. In 2018, the UK and Ireland division was sold to Bain Capital and now we operate as a standalone company.

After acquiring Benefex, we’re now even better equipped to serve the complex needs of our customers.

In September 2020 we launched Zellis HCM Cloud, the exciting next evolution of ResourceLink, our flagship payroll and HR solution.  

Zellis in numbers



employees paid every month




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of the FTSE 100 are Zellis customers

Our vision

It’s an incredibly exciting time for Zellis. We’re making significant investments in cloud, automation, and data technologies to drive innovation within our solutions.

Our focus is on delivering successful partnerships with customers. We’ll help you deliver successful business outcomes, provide modern and intuitive digital experiences, and – most importantly – make every employee feel appreciated for the work they do.

Our vision is to be the clear leader in pay, reward, analytics, and people experiences. There’s nothing more important to us than building trusting and beneficial relationships with our customers, using our size, scale, and breadth of experience to offer tailored solutions that precisely meet their business needs.

We design solutions that keep our customers ahead of change as they navigate the regulatory complexity and workforce uncertainty which exists in today’s business landscape. At the heart of everything we do are our highly qualified payroll and HR experts, who are committed to delivering first-class customer service at all times. 

Our values

Unstoppable together

We are inclusive, celebrate differences and work together to achieve exceptional results.

Always learning

We build expertise in ourselves and others, always looking for better ways

Make it count

We are accountable for what we do and the impact we have.


Think scale

We build for the future, creating repeatable, simple and scalable solutions.


Our leadership team

John Petter
Chief Executive Officer

John is responsible for driving Zellis’ vision and purpose, and ensuring that we deliver on our commitments to our customers. John joined Zellis from BT, where he was the CEO of the Consumer division, helping to transform customer experience at the business. His wealth of knowledge is now a key driver of Zellis’ success.

Caroline Drake
Chief People Officer

Caroline works to ensure that every member of the Zellis family receives an exceptional colleague experience, and that our core values are promoted in everything we do. Caroline joined Zellis from Worldpay, where she was Group Development and HR Director. Her insights make her an invaluable member of the team.

David Woodward
Chief Technology and Product Officer 

David Woodward is one of the most experienced leaders in HR and payroll technology, with over two decades in the sector. His reputation has been established through leadership roles with some of the industry’s most prominent names. David works closely with Zellis’ product and technical teams to guide innovation on the award-winning Zellis HCM Cloud platform.

Abigail Vaughan
Chief Operating Officer

Abigail heads up Zellis’ Managed Services and Customer Solutions divisions, focusing on delivering industry-leading payroll, HR, implementation and consultancy services to our customers. Abigail joined Zellis from BT and Accenture, where she held numerous leadership roles in Transformation and Operations. Her continuous improvement mindset will ensure Zellis meets rising expectations.

Alan Kinch
Chief Financial Officer

Alan leads all aspects of financial and commercial management within the Zellis Group. Alan joined Zellis from the Global Enterprise Division of Vodafone, where he was Chief Financial Officer. He now brings global, multi-industry expertise to his role at Zellis.

Tom Canning
Chief Commercial Officer

Tom leads Zellis’ Commercial division, bringing a vast amount of experience in B2B software sales, marketing, customer success and strategy. Tom joined Zellis from Flexera, a global software and cloud management company, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Chris Fox
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Zellis

Chris brings over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer and strategy consultant to Zellis. Chris ensures the group maintains the highest compliance and governance standards, while providing legal support to the Commercial function, and helping to shape strategy.

George Dunnett
Chief Product Officer

George is responsible for accelerating and fully realising Zellis’ product vision. George joined Zellis from Bain & Company, where he led global transformation, strategy and digital programmes, as well as M&A across multiple sectors. His experience and expertise will help Zellis fulfil its own transformation objectives.

Anthony Vollmer
Managing Director, Moorepay

Anthony joined Moorepay as MD in February 2019 and is responsible for the overall service we provide to our Moorepay customers, the wellbeing of our colleagues and the performance of the business.

Matt Macri-Waller
Founder and CEO, Benefex

Matt is a global thought leader in the employee experience space, specialising in how technology can help bridge the gap between companies and its employees. He is the Founder and CEO of Benefex, the award-winning global employee experience provider.

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Zellis companies

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If you’re a small or growing business with payroll and HR requirements, Moorepay can help you get ahead.

Visit Moorepay

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Looking for award-winning employee benefits? Technology and services that recognise and reward your employees? Speak with the team at Benefex.

Visit Benefex