Lay governor for corporate finance and patient and public engagement
Karen started out as a primary teacher before moving to local authority to work as a science and technology advisory teacher. She gained a headship in a first school in Blyth, successfully steering the school through the newly introduced Ofsted inspection regime before moving south.
After a series of advisory and school improvement roles, which included work with school governing bodies, Karen returned to Newcastle as a senior adviser. She took early retirement from her senior officer role as Head of School Improvement for early years and primary education, Newcastle City Council and since then has gained experience in a number of organisations in the voluntary sector. She is currently serving her third term of office on the CCG Governing Body.