With a background and qualifications in science and management, Karen has many years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors.
Initially employed in research laboratories, she took on a commercial role before moving to a UK cancer charity where she was responsible for the rapid and sustained growth of one of the technology transfer business areas. Later, Karen moved into HE where she took responsibility for various areas including Intellectual Property, Commercialisation and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. She successfully expanded early entrepreneurship programmes and took on advisory roles, as well as working with regional businesses on growth programmes.
At the University of Bedfordshire Karen was responsible for ‘Basics of Building a Business’ lecture series which was recognised by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) as an ‘Exemplar in enterprise education’. She also built up a successful track record of funding applications.
Since moving to Sheffield 9 years ago, Karen has been an award winning Business Incubation Manager at Sheffield Technology Parks before becoming a self–employed business advisor and school enterprise champion, developing and delivering a variety of enterprise and employability programmes aimed at providing young people with transferable skills for the workplace.
Now at the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre, University of Sheffield, Karen is responsible for connecting business and academia – not only through supporting education with programmes such as Challenging Industries, but also through promoting and developing research collaborations and commercial opportunities.