Karen was educated in Spain and the UK and graduated in Finance from Leeds. She then qualified as an Accountant and worked in various sectors prior to moving in recruitment. The move into recruitment allowed her exposure to a wide range of businesses and the various challenges /opportunities they faced at differing stages in their growth and development. The search business also afforded Karen the chance to meet and work with the widest range of people at differing stages in their careers.

She was CEO for 17 years of a leading Search firm, Hoggett Bowers, prior to stepping down in December 2023. In addition to appointing people who have made a tremendous difference to the organisations who recruited them Karen is proud of  being able to coach and advise a wide range of people, often over many years, as they have progressed their careers. During her career in Search Karen became increasingly aware of how experiences in childhood remains with adults throughout their lives.

Karen took an early interest in DE&I  and left Hoggett Bowers to Gold Status with Clear Assured as well as becoming the first Search firm to become RIDI 100.

For the last 10 years she has also been a trustee within Children’s charities. Having now moved from executive life Karen is looking to expand this interest in Children’s charity further.

Karen is married to Chris and has 2 adult stepchildren. Her interests include travel and history and is an avid reader.