Karen understands the distinct lifestyle that living and working in a rural community offers, and has always been keen to provide her skills, energy and direction to add value to rural communities. Karen is currently Chair of the South West Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free, impartial, confidential and responsive rural financial counselling services across Southern Queensland.

Karen also holds a directorship with South West Natural Resource Management, a community-based organisation which is the designated regional body for natural resource management in South West Queensland.  This directorship has enabled Karen with strong networks with the community, Landcare groups, Traditional Owners, local government and industry groups.

With a strong emphasis on community leadership, Karen is President of the Charleville Arts Gallery, and is actively involved as a Member of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association, Breast Cancer Association of Queensland and Queensland Rural, Remote and Regional Women’s Network.

Currently, Karen conducts project work for a variety of rural and remote organisations through her own business.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Financial Markets, Certificate IV in Business (Governance), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Queensland Leadership Program Graduate, AICD Company Directors Course and Company Chairman’s Course and is a Justice of the Peace.