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Karen is a highly skilled Executive and Board Director with extensive experience in strategic planning, change management, operational improvement and business development. The majority of her career has been spent working in not for profit/community-focused organisations. She has managed at a senior level in a commercial environment running one of the most successful private RTOs in Australia along with having operated within a government/policy-driven environment at the national level. Karen has a track record of developing relationships of trust within a wide range of networks, peak bodies, professional organisations and government both within the state and nationally.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Politics, postgraduate qualifications in parent education, counselling and couple therapy and a Diploma TAE. She is an active graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completing both the Company Director’s Course and several short PD courses.A significant component of Karen’s previous roles has been to interpret the political, industrial and economic landscape and its subsequent impact on community and business need in contemporary Australia. She has played a key role in influencing the development and implementation of national VET policies along with cultural and practice change in workforce development across the national VET system. Karen is a results-driven executive with an ability to negotiate and manage significant projects and ultimately service delivery to successful outcomes whilst providing strong and positive leadership to staff of complex and broadly based businesses.