Karen is currently a Director at Mind the mental health charity. She is responsible for the direction, management and development of the Networks and Communities department, leading a team of over 90 people to deliver a multi million pound portfolio of community mental health services and programmes and to lead strategy, development and relationships with the £120m affiliated network of 127 independent local Minds providing services and support across England and Wales.
Prior to joining Mind in 2013, Karen worked at Locality as Director of Programmes, overseeing a range of high profile national programmes to support effective community led development and enterprise. Karen has over 25 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. From the delivery and management of front line services to work in national membership organisations spanning development, policy, communications and programme management. She holds a Diploma in Social Work, an MA in Applied Social Studies and a Post graduate Diploma's in Management.