Karen is a strategic thinker and expert communicator who has worked at the very highest levels of politics, media and business. A Director of Cannings Purple, with experience across multiple industries including property, education, health, resources, agriculture and science, Karen brings practical, expert knowledge to resolve complex issues.

She devises and manages political and issues-based campaigns, formulates effective government engagement strategies and provides crisis communications and litigation support to a diverse range of clients.

Karen joined Cannings Purple in 2014 after a successful career in the media, having served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Editor at The West Australian and WA Editor at The Australian. She went on to work at both the State and Federal level of politics, serving as a senior media and policy advisor, and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

She works as a Director for several not-for-profit, community and charitable organisations. Away from the office, Karen is a keen cyclist, an average banjo player and enthusiastic Eagles supporter.

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Corporate Affairs

Property confidence soars, despite headwinds

If you’re part of the property sector in Australia, you’re…

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Digital

How I grew my LinkedIn network by 50% in six weeks

One of the things I do a lot of is…

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Design

Purple Conversations: Cameron Wong

Cameron Wong is a key part of Cannings Purple’s digital…

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Corporate Affairs

Why media intelligence is important, and how to make it work for you

For business, Media Intelligence can be an invaluable tool, especially when used the…

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Corporate Affairs

World Health Day: COVID-19

“Building a fairer and healthier world for everyone“ is the focus of World Health…

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Design

Cannings Purple Launches New Website

We are very excited to announce the launch of our…

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Digital

Stakeholder and Community Engagement in a Post-COVID World

COVID-19 has created an atmosphere of uncertainty in almost every…

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Corporate Affairs

Introducing Skyline – A Targeted Commercial Property Content Platform

Cannings Purple’s Skyline platform has been developed to ensure property…

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Digital

The case to Automate

For many people automation is no more than a buzz word,…

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Crisis Readiness

Press freedom in Australia and defamation cases on the rise

Often the media is referred to as the harshest of…

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