Karen registered as an Adult Nurse in 1988. Her clinical career had a surgical focus concluding in a Clinical Nurse Specialist post in Vascular Care. Having been in academia for the past 20 years, across several education organisations, Karen has a wide range of experience in teaching and learning and leadership including the roles of, Head of School, Academic Head of Department, and Academic Principal at an Independent FE college in London.
Karen started at the University as a Senior Lecturer in 2012, teaching BSc (Hons) Nursing programme. In 2017 she secured Head of School position and has successfully lead the School through changing times and expansion including development of apprenticeship programmes. Karen now leads the Institute for Health and Social Care, established in October 2020. The Institute is externally facing and serves as the focal point for health and social care-related activities at the University. It provides strategic leadership for, and oversight of, all health and social care activities across the University. Karen has a passion for developing the healthcare workforce of the future and believes providing quality education facilitates delivery of evidenced based quality care.