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Marani Hutton


Board Director Kalparrin and Transition Manager, Aboriginal health programs at EMHS

Awarded an AICD scholarship for the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and a BankWest Foundation / AICD scholarship for the Advanced Not-for-Profit Governance courses, 2016

What sort of work does your organisation do?

The purpose of Kalparrin is to make a positive difference to the lives of families and carers of children with special needs through the provision of practical and emotional support. Kalparrin has a long and proud history in Western Australia supporting families of children with special needs.

Describe a typical day's work.

I am currently transitioning a range of Aboriginal health and health promotion programs to East Metropolitan Health Service. The role requires problem solving on a daily basis of systems, processes and infrastructure with operational and strategic planning as well as staff management and support. Building capacity at an operational level and adhering to community engagement is key to ensuring services meet the needs of the Aboriginal community. Clinical governance requirements underpin the service delivery standards. Partnerships with service providers, community controlled Aboriginal organisations and the community ensure services are tailored to address the priority health needs.

I am also a Board Director for Kalparrin. We meet monthly and communicate on operational and strategic issues as needed.

What are some of the key learnings from the Certificate in Not-for-Profit Governance?

The group discussions with other NFP Board Directors allowed a collegial spirit. Many issues faced were similar. Strategic focus and finance were important learnings as many NFP organisations concentrate on the operational arm rather than governance and strategic planning.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

Yes. I am more confident with finance discussions and governance. I focus on strategic planning and continually champion this focus.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

I have a desire to support families of children with special needs. Often children with special needs are supported, however parents and siblings and the broader family are often forgotten. I have a desire to help others so I look for opportunities to help where I can. Assisting strategic efforts of an organisation can make broader impact.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

Continued investment in those leading and guiding the organisation. The Company Director courses contribute significantly to this.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I enjoy spending time with my creative children, cooking, camping and keeping fit.

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"I have a desire to help others so I look for opportunities to help where I can."


Marani is a respected and experienced Allied Health leader, physiotherapist, manager and director with over 25 years experience spanning professional rural and remote service delivery, Aboriginal health, primary health, education and training, project management, leadership and advocacy.

In 2016, ASF awarded Marani a Perpetual Foundation scholarship to complete the AICD's Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course. Later in 2016, Marani was also the recipient of a Bankwest Foundation scholarship to attend the AICD's Advanced NFP Governance course.


Annual revenue / size:

Medium - $250,000 - $5m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Social Services

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