Karen has been a ward Councillor in St Germain’s ward since 2015, during this time she has helped many residents with problem’s ranging from arranging more suitable school places, access school transport for children with disabilities, improvements in the ward, disputes with the council, and she was responsible the safe place scheme for vulnerable residents being rolled out across the Borough, plus many other day to day issues people have asked for help with.
In 2017/18 she was elected as Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, raising £16,000 for two local charities.
Karen is also a regular volunteer at the junior park run, Marske Community Partnership Christmas and Scarecrow festivals and the Christmas Day Community lunch, for residents who would otherwise spend the day alone. She has also helped the Cricket Club to arrange and promote the family fun day and fireworks nights, as she feels events which bring everyone together are important within the local community.
Karen runs her own successful business, which allows her flexibility with regards to helping people at any time and as a former foster carer works tirelessly to look at ways of improving the lives of vulnerable children and their carers.
Karen also co-runs the successful Redcar and Cleveland Business Network, after taking it over from the founders several years ago. This is a completely free volunteer led initiative to promote and support any businesses in Redcar and Cleveland.
She is currently the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Redcar Constituency, the deputy leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council and holds the portfolios for culture and communication along with being the Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board. Her motion to declare a climate emergency in the Spring of 2019 was passed and she continues to look in to ways the area can combat carbon emissions to meet the Carbon Neutral target of 2030.