Although Karen started her career in the charity sector she has worked in the education sector for almost 40 years starting with leading Sunderland Council’s Study Support Team supporting schools to implement Out of Hours Learning and Extended Schools programmes across the City.
This progressed into her own education consultancy which she ran for 12 years leading on several education projects including those for the Training and Development Agency, education charities, and many local authorities nationally. She was also a Critical Friend for Canterbury Christ Church University QISS Programme.
For the last 10 years she has been known for her work in the engineering apprenticeship and training sector initially with Rolls-Royce and now with Sunderland Engineering Training Association. She an Enterprise Advisor for both Sandhill View and Southmoor Schools and sits on the Management Board of the North East Learning Providers Network.