National Office Team

Kit McMahon

 

 

Paul Giles: CEO (Interim), Girl Guides Australia

 

Paul Giles is a highly experienced corporate and public affairs professional, with over two decades of experience across Financial Services, Peak Industry Associations, Professional Services and Government. He was Chief of Staff to the Federal Assistant Treasurer and also served as a Senior Advisor across a range of portfolios in the Howard Government.


He has held a number of senior executive positions in the financial services sector and has a deep and informed understanding of the superannuation, banking, markets and insurance sectors.


Paul has advised CEOs, Boards, regulators, consumer groups, media and Cabinet Ministers on a wide range of strategic corporate and communication issues. He has successfully developed and implement considered strategies to achieve desired organisational goals.


Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts with Honours Political Science University of Tasmania and Graduate Diploma International Relations Australian National University.

 

 

Marianne Karam

Marianne Karam:  Company Secretary, Girl Guides Australia

Marianne Karam has more than 20 years’ executive experience across finance, operations and corporate governance in many leading national and international companies in both senior executive and advisory roles across public, private and the not for profit sector. 

Her executive experience spans listed USA multinationals and Australian companies in ICT, advertising and health promotion charities. Marianne has led strategy and planning; mergers and acquisitions; risk management and policy development; and organisation wide business transformation. 

She was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary of the Sax Institute and has been a member of the Governance Institute of Australia Charities and Not for profit sector reform working group since 2012.  

Marianne is currently Deputy Chair/ non executive director of the social services organisation Aftercare and the digital business the PUT Institute. 

She earned her Bachelor of Business from The University of Technology and has fellowships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and is a fellow and Chartered Secretary with the Governance Institute of Australia.  

 

 

Tiana Froget: National Finance Administrator

 

Watch this space for more information on Tiana.

   

 

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Colleen Fitzgerald: National Project & Change Manager

 

Colleen comes to Girl Guides Australia with several years’ experience in organisational change and capability development – from small scale change initiatives to major workforce strategies. She is also an instructional designer and assessor with experience in international/cross cultural training and non-formal learning programs for both children and adults.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Cultural Heritage Management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, is a certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a Level 1 Partnerships Broker and is working towards a Diploma in Positive Psychology.

She is focused on supporting the development of capability in our paid and unpaid workforce, managing major projects and developing strategies to assist Guiding to evolve to meet the needs of the Australian community and the objectives of our national Strategic plan. 

 

 

Sandra McKnight:  National Office Administrator

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Louise Greig:  National Marketing & Communications Officer

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Charlotte (Charlie) Regan:  National Social Media Coordinator

Prior to commencing her role at Girl Guides Australia, Charlie coordinated Social Media platforms within the retail sector. As the National Social Media Coordinator, Charlie coordinates the GGA profile on Social Media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. She works extensively with social media and web analytics to identify online trends, review social media strategies and develop effective campaigns seeking to raise awareness of Guiding and reach potential volunteers and supporters.

Charlie shares the fundamental principles of Girl Guides, including the empowerment of girls and women and teaching respect, courage, initiative, thoughtfulness and strength and outside of Guiding, Charlie is a passionate advocate for gender equality, respect for human rights, the de-stigmatisation of mental illness and works to raise the profile of young people in Australia. She is a participant in the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program at UTS Sydney and volunteers with the St Vincent de Paul Compeer Friendship program.

Charlie is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Social and Political Studies)/Bachelor of Laws which certainly keeps her busy!