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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Digital

OpenAI’s wild week: CEO ousted, reinstated, board shaken up

It was an eventful week over at the OpenAI headquarters...

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Digital

Why cybersecurity education is good for business

Understanding the human-tech interaction is crucial for strong data security...

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Digital

AI Readiness: what your business needs to do now for 2024

The desire to unlock gen AI's potential is clear, driven...

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Communications

Why storytelling is key to putting a rocket under our space sector

In the boundless cosmos of innovation, storytelling propels the space...

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Investors

Is it time to rethink the AGM?

Something for businesses to consider as AGM season nears the...

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Digital

Copilot is landing: here’s why you need to prepare before you procure

Microsoft's AI integration to level up your work productivity is...

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Media Relations

Every robot can tell a story. But a good one?

As the WA Media Awards approach on Saturday night, Peter...

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Digital

AI will help LGAs do more with less — provided they have support to get started

AI offers a promising avenue for improving Local Government Areas...

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Crisis & Issues

Cybersecurity crackdown: ASIC coming for poorly prepared companies

Is your business adequately prepared to respond to a potential...

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