Karen has recently retired after 40 years in the NHS.  She spent the first 20 years in various administrative and senior Management roles in the acute, community, mental health and services for people with learning disabilities sectors she then became Chief Executive of the Black Country Mental Health NHS Trust and its 4 successor organisations culminating in the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

She has wide experience of Boards at a senior level, corporate and clinical governance, strategic planning, financial, and risk management, knowledge of human resources and staff management, estate rationalisation and Partnership working with a variety of stakeholders with diverse communities.

Karen is well versed in working with the charitable sector and has been a Trustee, Chairperson and Finance Chair of Black Country (previously Sandwell) Women’s Aid for over 20 years.

Also since her retirement she has become a Trustee and Treasurer of Citizens Advice Sandwell.

Her passion for supporting those who, for whatever reason, are the most vulnerable in society remains undimmed. Karen joined the Board of Trustees and the Clinical Governance Committee in 2017.