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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Cannings Purple recognised as an Employer of Choice for the second year running

We’re proud to once again be recognised as an Employer…

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Corporate Affairs

Brand activism: The positives and pitfalls of taking a stance

Meaningful brand activism is no longer a nice-to-have, it is…

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Digital

A digital approach to stakeholder engagement

Over the past decade, the way we communicate has changed…

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Corporate Affairs

Who reads the news anyway? Actually, you should

There’s nothing like a social media slam to give business leaders a…

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Digital

How to make your website more accessible

1 in 6  Australians have a disability. The figure, from…

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Digital

Cannings Purple takes home gold at the 2021 SABRE Awards

Cannings Purple have been announced a winner in the Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards for the work…

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Crisis Readiness

High Court rules media companies responsible for comments on their Facebook pages

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by some of…

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Crisis Readiness

Key takeaways from the latest Notifiable Data Breach Scheme stats

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently released…

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Feature

State Budget 2021 – 2022: The numbers that matter

Still riding high following March’s election landslide, Premier Mark McGowan today handed down his first Budget in his dual…

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On RUOK day, check on your Stakeholder Engagement team

I’ve worked in retail and raised toddlers (and teenagers) so I…

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