Karen has been a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW for over 25 years. She trained and qualified within the big 4 at EY in Birmingham, within audit where she stayed for nearly 7 years which provided an excellent grounding for her career. She has worked in numerous global Enterprise level and many SME businesses. An experienced Finance Director within the IT and service sector, with M&A experience. She has an entrepreneurial spirit that has spanned several decades, loves research and has great attention to detail, She successfully co-founded Avid Pear in 2013 with Emily Brady, which partnered with world class legal firms around seeking equitable VAT treatment of postal services.
Karen is very interested in digital transformation: AI, Robotics, IoT and 5G. She has held director roles in numerous technology businesses involving big data, cyber security and digital forensics. She sees cyber security through a different lens, through the eyes of a Finance Director, not a cyber expert. She sees cyber risk as a key business risk. She is forward thinking- she couldn't find a cyber methodology that was right, so they created one endorsed by both Academia and Cyber experts. She loves innovation, so Lockdown is building a first of its kind cyber platform for launch in 2021. This is her first CEO role.
She has been married to Graham for over twenty years having met as teenagers and they have two wonderful teenage children. Her motto in life is: be kind, be fair and never give up. She was a member of the two percent club and wants to help the diversity agenda.
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