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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Resources, Energy & Utilities

Mandatory Reporting: It’s coming, and you need to start planning now

The Federal Government's new mandatory reporting requirements apply to businesses...

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Digital

Why AI is a change management challenge, not a technology one 

AI technology may be more human than we originally thought.

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Digital

Paris 2024: Let the AI Games begin 

We are six months away from the opening of the...

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Professional Services

January jobs for stakeholder engagement professionals

As we bring our holiday-mode work engines back to life,...

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Digital

What can we do with a whole year’s worth of data?

Data. Not exactly the most colourful four-letter word. It can...

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Crisis & Issues

When crisis strikes: how leaders can flounder in critical moments

Whether it’s a bushfire, a flood, a data breach or...

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Resources, Energy & Utilities

Critical role for gas in transition to net zero

Maintaining gas production at least in the short term is...

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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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