Karen has a strong background in the education sector, with a particular focus on the improvement of outcomes for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Pupil Premium. Since being awarded a SEN diploma in 2002, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2004, she has worked as Strategic Lead for SEN Improvement at Gloucestershire County Council leading the South West hub delivery on Achievement for All, Lead for Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Training Provider and SEN Advisor for Targeted Intervention for Schools in an Ofsted category.

At Achievement for All, Karen has been a Regional Lead for the South West and now Deputy CEO line managing the team of Regional Leads and Programme Leads who quality-assure the delivery of our Achieving Early, Achieving Schools, Achieving Further and Achieving More * programmes across England and Wales. Since joining the charity she has been directly responsible for the delivery and quality assurance of Achievement for All's programmes in over 3,000 schools, co-written the Pupil Premium Review, and has spoken at various regional and national events. More recently Emotion Coaching and Achieving Wellbeing programmes have been developed.