||Karen has worked in the accountancy profession since 1994, joined as a partner in 2000, and was a Director of Milnes Beatson Ltd until March 2014, at which time Karen decided to spend more time with her family and has transferred to a Client Manager role, working 30 hours per week. Coming from a rural background means Karen has a great interest in rural matters, with strong technical accounting background in all areas, particularly farming. Karen has previously been involved in the ownership of two businesses, before starting her accounting career. She was previously also the firm's Practice Manager until 2010, at which time a Business Manager was recruited.
Karen's sporting interests have been severely hampered by knee surgeries so she is limited now to walking and biking. She is treasurer of Riwaka Rugby Club, and she manages/co-coaches one of their JAB teams.
When not working, Karen's time is spent gardening, and with her two children, running around looking after their interests.