Karen is the Deputy General Secretary and the Board Secretary to the Co-operative Party. She also leads on policy in Wales and works closely with the Co-operative Group of Assembly Members. Karen is currently leading the Party’s strategy to increase the number of women selected and elected as Labour and Co-operative candidates.
She has worked for the Co-operative Party since 1995, and is based in Cardiff.
Prior to joining the Co-operative Party’s staff, Karen spent twelve years in local government – as a Labour Group Research and Policy officer, and in Equal Opportunities and Education. She was also a trade union representative from the age of 18 and the first Equal Opportunities Officer for Derbyshire NALGO. She was a member of the NUS National Executive, and President of NUS Wales in 1991/92.
Karen is currently Chair of Welsh Labour and serves on the Welsh Executive Committee and the Economy Commission. She is a Board Member of ProMo Cymru and Elan Wales, and a founder member of Co-operatives & Mutuals Wales.
She was born in the Peak District but has been in South Wales for over twenty years, and now lives in Cardiff with her husband and two children. She is a Welsh learner.
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