Shabnam Karim

Finance Director (Executive Director)

Bloomsbury Institute - Shabnam Karim

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa in 2005, I then moved to their London division and took on the role of Assistant Manager. During my time with Deloitte I held a wide-ranging client portfolio including listed multinational corporations auditing their group consolidations, annual reports and press releases to smaller and medium sized entities.

I left Deloitte and continued my career in other audit firms in the City of London. After having my first child I was offered a role with ACCA in their professional conduct department. I was the first Accountant to take on this role in an otherwise solicitor dominated division, however my contributions to the team led to more Accountants being recruited for this position.

In 2011 I joined Fitch Learning as group financial accountant managing a finance team of 4 and consolidating operations in the UK, US and Singapore.

Following a conscious career break to care for my young family I re-entered employment in 2018 and joined Bloomsbury Institute as Data Controller in February that year. I then took on the role of Financial Controller in May 2018.


I am passionate about education and believe that this starts right at the early years of a child’s life. I support my local community, as Chair of the Finance Committee at a children’s nursery. During maternity leave I volunteered for and pioneered a literacy programme run by the National Literacy Trust at the nursery. The successful roll out led to borough-wide funding being put in place for the programme to be run.

Nelson Mandela once said: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. I am proud to be part of Bloomsbury Institute and especially so of the widening participation initiatives which we are passionate about.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) University of Natal Durban 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Honours University of Natal Durban 2002
  • Member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)