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

The history of Australia Day

It could be surprising to learn that Australia Day has…

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Corporate Affairs

Interviewing online: the future of recruitment?

Even in the most positive jobs market in memory, attending…

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Crisis Readiness

As WA prepares to reopen, what can we expect from Omicron?

Remember the days where Australia’s COVID-19 cases hovered between the…

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Corporate Affairs

A year in the making

Cannings Purple had a big year in 2021; helping hundreds…

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Digital

How a fake death gave a real brand a heart attack

And just like that, the fake world causes a brand…

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Digital

Branding for the rest of us: B2C vs B2B

Almost all the branding talks, books and experts cover business-to-consumer…

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Content Marketing

The Royal Flying Doctor Service announces two new aeromedical helicopters to its fleet

This has never been seen before in its 93-year-long history,…

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Content Marketing

Getting your communications right this Christmas

For most companies, Christmas can feel like the final sprint…

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Feature

Poll position: Will Prime Minister Bill Shorten win a second term?

After defeating Scott Morrison in the 2019 election, Bill Shorten…

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Design

Rebranding pitfalls and how to avoid them

Branding and rebranding is often thought of as a sale-driving…

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