Non-Executive Director; Chair Partnerships Committee
Karen is National Director at strategic communications firm Cannings Purple. A trusted advisor and expert communicator, she has worked at the very highest levels of politics, media and business. With experience across multiple industries, Karen brings practical, expert knowledge to resolve complex issues. She devises and manages political and issues-based campaigns, formulates effective government engagement strategies and provides crisis communications and litigation support to a diverse range of clients.
Prior to joining Cannings Purple, Karen enjoyed a successful career in the media, serving as Chief of Staff and Deputy Editor at The West Australian newspaper and WA Editor at The Australian newspaper. She went on to work at the highest levels of politics at both the State and Federal level, serving as a Senior Media and Policy Advisor, and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.
Karen is a Non-Executive Director on several not-for-profit, community and charitable organisations. Away from the office, Karen is a keen cyclist, an average banjo player and enthusiastic West Coast Eagles supporter.