Karen is a very experienced manager as well as being a senior HR professional. She has significant experience of working at both operational and strategic levels.

She specialised in organisational culture as part of her Master’s degree, and has been a director of a number of limited companies and a trusted advisor to many business leaders.

Her career started at Sainsbury’s where she held various store management and HR positions in the supermarket sector before moving to the convenience part of the business to support the HR element of its growth programme.
She then moved in to the transport industry, where she held numerous HR management, business partnering and senior leadership roles in the bus sector before moving into consultancy, where clients include a train operating company.

She is an advisor with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working closely with a local school to develop a careers plan that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.

Karen is also a non-executive board member and the chair of a multi academy trust (MAT).

She has Fellow status with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT), and is a CIPD ‘Steps ahead’ Mentor.

Experience:

Various leadership roles in diverse, complex and challenging environments
Responsibility for team management and leadership
Effective financial management including business case and budget creation, and cost control
Extensive coaching of line managers in people management for improved performance
Significant involvement with leading and managing change
Advising business leaders on all aspects of effective people management
Effective project management and delivery