Karen was born in Birmingham and has lived in North Birmingham for most of her life. She was educated locally at Brooklyn College, Great Barr and graduated from University of Central England in Birmingham.
Karen is currently a Birmingham City councillor and sits on the Leisure and Education Overview and Scrutiny committees. She also works as an accountant.
Her hobbies include cyclying and photography and she is also involved with a local athletics club where she has assisted in coaching field events. She has a particular interest in education, environmental and community issues.
Birmingham City Council since 2004; Ward Committee Chair since 2005