Karen trained as a nurse and after qualifying and working on several wards in the NHS for 8 years she joined Her Majesty`s Prison Service. On completion of the Prison Officer training, she was appointed as a prison hospital officer. As one of the first ever female officers to work in male prison establishments, she spent several years on detachments to prisons in London and other areas of the UK.
Whilst in the Prison service she studied and researched mental and emotional health issues in prisoners and became interested in the plight of military veterans who were serving time in prison. On leaving the prison service, she found resettlement on Civvy Street challenging as health employers were reluctant to employ her after spending an extended period out of the civilian workplace.
Karen then worked at a further education college and found herself working with military veterans again, this time in supporting them in studying and preparing for resettlement. She began studying and took a college certificate in education, this was followed by undergraduate and post graduate degrees, and she has never looked back. Since leaving the further education sector, she has worked as a staff nurse, nursing sister and matron before swapping the hospital wards for a classroom and has spent the last 15 years as a university tutor after having successfully obtained her Doctorate in Education. Karen is currently a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University in the Staffordshire Business School.
She has significant experience and understanding of supporting military veterans and civilian adult learners who are returning to learning and who are seeking career changes. She has also been responsible for recruiting and appointing staff to various positions in a variety of organisations both in the private and public sector.