Karen has spent 20 years working in the Financial Services industry and is a is a highly talented Business Change professional with a successful record in leading major business transformation. She has had a number of leadership roles, including at Executive level, before joining TORI Global in 2016 as a Senior Management Consultant in the Wealth Management & Insurance division.
1. What’s your favourite restaurant and what would you order?
Montague Arms, which is a beautiful hotel in the New Forest. I would order chocolate soufflé as like the character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, they are truly scrumptious!
2. What advice would you give your 20-year old self?
Your 20’s is a defining decade so take every opportunity available to you, and don’t marry the first man you think you have fallen in love with.
3. Describe your ideal day
At home, the house full of family and friends with lots of good food and maybe a drink or two!
4. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?
Early in my career a new boss assigned me the highest profile strategic programmes to manage despite being the most junior member of the team – phenomenal opportunity which really accelerated my development and career.
5. We know you’re a keen traveller so where haven’t you visited in the world that is top of your list?
It has to be travelling through Chile to Bolivia. The trek is all at altitude with the most spectacular scenery, finishing at the Salt Plains in Bolivia. Along the way you also ascend a 5,200m volcano, which I know from previous experience would be incredibly tough but so rewarding when (if!) you get to the top...then a week on a beach to recover.
6. What is the best aspect of your job?
Without question, people – working with them and learning from them.
7. Who or what inspires you?
People who are passionate about what they do and making a positive difference. At the top of the list would be David Attenborough, who uses his passion to make the rest of us think about the environment we live in and how what we do impacts it. How many of us who watched Blue Planet II now think about the plastic we use and whether we really need that plastic straw in our gin and tonic.