Karen has worked as a Lecturer, Curriculum Manager, Head of Student Services, Project Manager, and Head of Department at the college.A midwife by profession Karen felt drawn to teaching because of a deep passion to work and empower young people.
Her straight-talking and tough love approach has inspired hundreds of students who have now gone on to successful careers in the Health Industry.
Karen was the mastermind behind the E2E (Education to Employment) festival at Ebrington, the first of its kind in the region, a free event designed to inspire local people in the North West to make the connection from Education to Employability.
Exhibitors from across the North West took part in the event, which was described as a landmark day for the learning and career aspirations of local people.
During her time as Head of Training and Skills as NWRC, Karen also oversaw the implementation of two hugely successful academies in Welding and Dry-Lining, aimed at addressing challenges faced by employers in accessing skilled workers locally, while also creating education and long term employment opportunities for young people in the North West.
In recent years Karen travelled to Abu Dhabi to support NWRC Joinery student Cameron Nutt, Department of Training and Skills when he competed in the Worldskills Finals, widely regarded as the Olympics of Skills.
In 2019, she also attended the 2 week UNESCO UNEVOC Leadership training programme in Germany.Congratulations Karen.