Karen has led the work of PPLI since April 2009. She has overseen the development of a range of innovative projects through key collaborations with relevant stakeholders and was an important contributor to the consultation, development, and publication of Languages Connect: Ireland’s Foreign Languages in Education Strategy. As Director of PPLI Karen oversees the implementation of key actions in the strategy.
Karen's career is defined by leadership across and among diverse cultures and she is passionate about leading diversity, equity and inclusion and managing change. Prior to working in education management, she was a second level teacher in the sciences, completed postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics, EFL and Japanese language pedagogy and taught at second and third level across three continents, working also in curriculum development and teacher education and providing consultancy and training in the private sector.