Karen is an ambassador for social care. Her career began as a paid carer whilst studying at university and whilst rewarding, she quickly became motivated by the pressures on the sector. A champion for participation and co-production, she believes that evidence of impact is the difference it makes for people. Promoter of an evidence-based approach and self-confessed data geek, she sits on the Leadership team of ImPACT working to address the evidence implementation gap. She has worked at various seats round the social care table, as well as for Government and as Director of the Prince of Wales Foundation.
In her current role as Deputy CEO of Scottish Care, she continues to shape the future of social care with a focus on human rights, commissioning, fair work, and technology. When not working, this Ayrshire lass can be found on the beach with her family. Wild Sea Woman Leader, coastguard, FRSA MIoD and wannabe salty sea dog.