Karen was born in Barnsley in 1964 and grew up in Rugby with her parents and sister, Sarah. Karen went to Rugby High School for Girls and then onto East Warwickshire College. Her mum was a nurse and her dad a local head teacher. She went to work for Ford Motor Company at the age of 18 as a trainee accountant living in Brentwood in Essex.

She married Richard, a geologist, in 1984 and they moved to Wrexham. They have two children, Lizzie and Chris.

She is company secretary of RKL Geological Services Ltd and also a trainer for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, for which she has worked with many countries, including Bosnia, Slovakia, Serbia, Mozambique, Moldova, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Richard is a consultant geologist. Richard, like Karen, spends four nights a week on average in London, with their family home in Redditch. They enjoy entertaining their friends and family there at the weekends.

Karen has a keen interest in education and is Chair of the Redditch West School Trust, having previously been the Chair of Governors at Vaynor First School. She is very much hands-on and likes to meet with pupils and teachers wherever possible.  

Her interests include travelling, knitting, cooking and music.

Important Message

Staff from my office have been busy organising two Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs – one-stop shops to introduce support, voluntary and other relevant services and organisations to those of pensionable age in Redditch.

I have already hosted three very successful Jobs Fairs, an Apprenticeships and Skills Fair and a Charity Funding Fair, and the Pensioners Fairs are set to follow in the wake of their accomplishments.

So far around 20 organisations have confirmed their attendance at two events which are set to take place as follows:

Friday, 3 March, 10am-12pm at the Rocklands Social Club, Birchfield Road, Headless Cross B97 4LB

Friday, 17 March, 10am-12pm at the Mettis (formerly HDA) Social Club in Cherry Tree Walk, Batchley B97 6PB

Youngsters starting University have Freshers' Fairs and for those seeking employment I run regular Jobs' Fairs, so I wanted to replicate this successful concept for my older constituents who may not be aware of the fantastic breadth of organisations out there with services they may find valuable.

The idea is to bring together, under one roof, a mix of statutory, voluntary and activity-based bodies who can showcase their services.

Organisations confirmed as taking part are: Act on Energy, Age UK, Citizens Advice, Council Electoral Services, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, The National Trust, West Mercia Police, Home Instead, Carers Careline, Redditch Association for the Blind, Healthwatch Worcestershire, Care & Repair Worcestershire, Redditch Borough Council Health Improvement, The Alzheimer's Society, Severn Trent Water, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening and Trading Standards.

Admission to both events is free and refreshments will be provided as well.


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Upcoming Surgeries

Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.

See her upcoming surgery dates here.  

Contact Details

Grosvenor House
Prospect Hill
B97 4DL

01527 591334