Director of Fundraising

After beginning her career in television and music, Karen was inspired to work in the charity sector after her mother passed away in a hospice at a young age. She worked for Cancer Research and then CLIC Sargent before her desire to work for a hospice came to fruition in 2002 when she joined The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice. After the charities merged, Karen became Director of Fundraising in 2013.

Karen oversees the entire fundraising team. She specialises in nurturing celebrity support and special gifts fundraising and is responsible for creating high-profile events which have raised millions of pounds over the years.

Best thing about Shooting Star Chase:

“There is never a normal day when it comes supporting families going through unimaginable circumstances. One minute I might be dragging a 6ft meerkat called Colin down the street and the next I’m organising our annual ball for hundreds of guests at The Dorchester.”

If Karen was one of the Friendlies, she would be…

Sparklina: Brings a sprinkle of sparkle to Shooting Star Chase’s fundraising events.