Marianne Rose

Marianne runs the national consultancy Ethica Legal Solutions where she works with corporate businesses that need strategic, legal and governance planning support. Marianne has a passion for ethics and governance - This enables her to bring emotional intelligence, integrity, and innovation to the clients and boards she works with.

Marianne was a NAWIC Crystal Vision Finalist and was named in the #CelebratingWomen and #Top100Women campaigns. She has a background in advocacy and mentoring in governance and public policy. Women in Leadership awarded Marianne with a scholarship for their Advanced Women in Leadership Program, which reinforces the Executive and Organisational Coaching qualifications she has already achieved.

Marianne received her BA/ LLB (Hons) from Monash University, and a Masters of Law from Melbourne University Law School.
 

What boards AND COMMITTEES do you CURRENTLY sit on?

I have just been appointed as an Independent Director to the IBN Corporation board, a charitable organisation that promotes the advancement and prosperity of indigenous groups in the Pilbara, Perth UN Women International Women's Day Committee Member, and Member of the Infrastructure Coalition.

When and why did you decide to PURSUE BOARDS?

I was volunteering as a supervisor at the Springvale Monash Legal Centre in Melbourne in 2009 and was asked by the Board to nominate as a Director. It was a natural step to go from volunteering into a community setting to help guide strategy and decision making - which I'd always been passionate about. 

WHAT challenges and hurdles HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME IN PURSUING BOARDS AND/OR SERVING ON BOARDS?

There are two challenges: one - it is really difficult to get onto Boards and unfortunately there is still a 'mates club' that permeates appointments. This lack of diversity leads to the second challenge - some boards can be blind to the importance of governance and as a new board member you have a duty to ask basic due diligence questions. This can ruffle feathers where that Board hasn't done a health check for some time and discrepancies arise. To overcome this, I position myself as a person with keen insight in governance and only join boards that are welcoming of robust debate and inquiry.

Have you had mentors and/or sponsors and have they helped you? if so, how?

Sadly no, but this is actually one of the reasons I joined WOB, because the collegiate atmosphere provided me with guidance and support I otherwise didn't have access to. 

How did WOB help you in your journey to the boardroom?

There are some great tools and resources that WOB offers, plus access to potential board opportunities - what I've really enjoyed is that we are now doing more WA based catch ups thanks to Karen Fox (nee Hudman)! (WA's WOB Representative)

ANY TIPS FOR WOMEN STARTING OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE BOARDROOM?

It can take a long time to get a board role, be patient and don't lose faith in your talents. In the meantime get involved in volunteering/ committees as this helps hone on your skills.