Director of Partnerships and Industry Engagement; National Director SBRI Healthcare
The Eastern Academic Health Science Network; NHS England
Karen specialises in bringing about partnerships between the NHS and external partners. Her focus for The Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) is to bring the NHS together with industry to enable innovations that meet identified healthcare needs. In addition to her role for The Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Karen is also National Director of the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI). She has formerly worked as Director of NHS Midlands and East, a Board member of the East of England Development Agency and a board member of the East of England Business Link service. She was special adviser to Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt MP, and has also worked as campaigns and communications director for several national trade unions, the Labour Party and voluntary sector organisations. Karen trained as a journalist and has edited campaign newspapers.
DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY
Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts
Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre
Find a list of all our previous championship events here.
SUPPORT DEBATING MATTERS
Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters.
To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s
Wonderful fundraising page.