Spotlight on staff: Marianne Karam
Marianne Karam

As Head of Corporate Services and Finance, Marianne Karam has carriage of the Institute’s financial management and operations.

She draws on her widespread experience as a company secretary and senior finance and operational leader in the role.

“I believe the modern finance mandate is to act as a strategic partner to the business with a forward-thinking finance and corporate services team,” she says.

“The Corporate Services and Finance team plays a key role in ensuring we continue to meet our objectives and stay accountable and transparent at all levels to our funding partners especially the NSW Ministry of Health.”

We constantly strive to move forward and bring together a diversity of talent

Marianne’s special interest lies in corporate governance and she has been the Institute’s company secretary since her appointment in 2005. She says the organisation’s commitment to best‑practice governance is due in no small part to its talented Audit and Risk Management Committee, which brings a wealth of experience and perspective.

“What attracted me to the Institute and has kept me here for the past nine years is the unique niche organisation that we have,” she says. “We constantly strive to move forward and bring together a diversity of talent and perspective to a distinct part of the health sector. We have the best of both worlds by being a not‑for‑profit with a social perspective as well as bringing strong business acumen at the Board level and around the executive table.”

In recognition of Marianne’s skills and expertise in the sector, she was appointed to the Governance Institute of Australia’s Not for Profit Reform Working Group, which is reviewing reform of the sector to ensure the regulatory compliance burden is appropriate.