Karen has worked more than 20 years as a learning and development professional, project director and OD specialist. She is a development and learning specialist, supported by her wide experience of assessment for development and selection. She brings to SOIF deep experience in the development of individual senior leaders and leadership teams from her work in public services across the globe and more recently, with archbishops and bishops of the Church of England. Immediately previous to joining SOIF and launching her own business, as a Principal Consultant for a&dc ltd in Guildford, Karen led the development of their leadership development programme, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and gained wide experience of assessment and selection in a wide range of UK private sector organisations
Karen has a real passion for the design and facilitation of imaginative projects and programmes that enable immediate application to the workplace and equip participants and their organisations to deliver measurable impact on the bottom line.
Karen has worked in 40 different countries around the world and therefore especially enjoys applying her expertise in different cultural settings. As a former Director of the Civil Service College’s/National School of Government’s Women’s Leadership and Management Development suite of programmes and in recent work to equip the Church of England’s first women bishops, she also has a particular interest in strategies for talent development and improving equal opportunities. Currently Karen is enjoying contributing to a long-term project in Kosovo, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, designed to embed rigorous and fair competency based recruitment and selection for senior government roles.
Karen has facilitated regular coaching assignments with individuals and teams in professional, senior and middle management roles for more than twenty years within local and central governments, both across the UK and internationally. Her early experience as a coach focused on supporting careers advisers, trainers and training managers (working towards professional accreditation) but since 2000 switched her focus to managers and leaders.
As a former Trainer of Trainers, to date Karen’s role at SOIF has focused on ensuring that learning programmes are designed and facilitated to the highest professional standards and on supporting work to gain ILM accreditation for the Retreat programme. Within the new ILM scheme she is assuming the role of Quality Manager.
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