Karen started her career as a lawyer then followed her interests to move into executive recruitment, training and coaching. She spent 18 years delivering financial services for GAAPs Group and HW Group. She has over 12 years’ experience as a recruitment specialist, and has developed expertise in placing professionals and providing consultancy recruitment services to the public sector, particularly education and social care. She has worked at senior management level for Elite Recruitment Specialist, IG Interims and is currently Director of her own company, Bamberry Consulting.
Prior to founding Bamberry, Karen spent 4 working in the not for profit sector for Peabody Trust and Shaw Trust in some of the most economically challenged areas of London. She led on the delivery of projects to help break down barriers and improve life outcomes for disadvantaged young people, many who came for a care background, including unaccompanied minors and young offenders.
Combining her not for profit and recruitment experience, Karen followed her passion to help improve life outcome for young people and founded Bamberry Consulting, a hybrid for profit and not for profit social enterprise supported by Business in The Community, Prince Charles’ Responsible Network. Bamberry recruits for professionals in the public sector and reinvests its resources to help open up career and training opportunities for young adults struggling to find opportunities.
In her work to date, Karen has developed a keen interest in improving the educational outcomes of vulnerable young people, putting effective intervention in as early as possible to prevent the educational underachievement and barriers which block achievement and fulfilment in later life. She is delighted to be a Co-Founder of Aspiring for Children. Karen believes we offer an exciting programme of training for professionals that really can help to close the huge educational attainment gap experience by vulnerable children. This will really make a difference to improving life chances and giving children looked after or otherwise vulnerable a real opportunity to achieve success.