Karen is a strategic thinker and expert communicator who has worked at the very highest levels of politics, media and business. Karen has 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

VR the future of meetings but won’t solve all the problems

I was running late. By the time the presentation was…

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Government Relations

Last month in politics: a globetrotting PM and a new environmental agenda

The start of a new financial year is upon us,…

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Highlight

How to get the best from stakeholder research

At Cannings Purple, we have the privilege of working on…

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Content Marketing

Why your communications need more emojis… yes, really

It might be hard to remember a time before emojis.…

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Government Relations

Peak bodies are your best friend when engaging with industry

Successful stakeholder engagement can often be about determining, managing and…

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Corporate Affairs

Football showcase a reminder of the royal visit that wasn’t

Amid the gloom of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the exclusive…

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News

Preserving Aboriginal languages provides opportunity to unite Australia

Language can be a powerful tool; it is one of…

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Government Relations

Last month in politics: dawn of the Albanese era

One month has passed since the Federal Election, but while…

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Corporate Affairs

Is your business being brave and making real change?

Following the Federal Election, incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s immediate…

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Government Relations

McGowan invests heavily in health, infrastructure, diversification, and relief for WA families

Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan has delivered another bumper budget,…

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