Karen has been working in the third sector since 2003, after a career with a large global advertising and marketing firm. Since turning her focus from the corporate world to the world of not-for-profit, she has accomplished many different roles and covered numerous areas within the third sector. Karen has a broad and extensive range of skills and expertise from fundraising, event management, volunteer management, communication strategy and front-line experience with young people with complex and multiple disadvantage. Karen has raised significant funds for not-for-profit charities and has worked with numerous media outlets from the BBC, Channel 4 and most UK newspapers to build brand awareness and tell meaningful stories to raise funds for charitable causes. She has also been a key player in hosting large fundraising events for charities such as at the Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery.
In 2015, Karen started her own consultancy agency called Absolute Alchemy and the main focus of the consultancy is to help small charities grow and develop and to have positive social impact in their communities. When Absolute Alchemy started, 1% of charities were taking the lion-share of charitable income in the UK, and although the charities were fighting some of the worlds biggest problems, there are still a large number of charities who are tackling some of societies major issues with very few resources and with incredibly low funding incomes. If these charities had access to more charitable funds, they would be able to help some of the worlds most vulnerable people and help tackle major issues. Karen believes that the third sector should be leading the way with innovation and good practice and is determined to find originality and modernization within the sector.
In 2015, Karen became a Wellbeing Practitioner, a pioneering and creative new role that supports children and young people, who have suffered multiple or severe disadvantage. This new position, that offers creative and relational approaches to working with children and young people, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, offers another skill-base to Karens toolkit and seeks to find improvements in the way that children and young people, from disadvantage, can be supported. Karen believes that through positive relationships and community engagement, she can help young people to find their inner potential and make a difference, in tomorrows world. Currently she is working with the Institute of Education and UCL, on a childrens rights project, that gives children ownership over their own lives.
In 2016, Karen joined forces with 360 Expeditions and has worked with the team to create a corporate social responsibility programme for corporates to raise more funding for small charities and to raise awareness of causes that effect everyone in our communities.
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