Technical & Quality Manager
Karen has a very strong technical background having worked in senior quality assurance and technical roles in high profile, global food and drink manufacturers, retailers and restaurant groups.
She started at Associated British Foods with Allied Mills Ltd where she soon progressed to Supplier Auditor, she then moved to Compass Group as Food Technologist, European Technical Manager at Yum! Pizza Hut, Technical & QA Manager at KFC UK and most recently as Supply Quality Assurance Manager and Senior Manager Supplier Quality Assurance (EMEA) for Starbucks. Karen’s roles have focused on driving continuous improvement and delivering strategic projects, experience that will be extremely useful for the challenges ahead! In her role she works alongside our Product Development and Innovation Centre culinary teams providing guidance as required, building relationships with our supplier partners and leading the implementation of strategic projects.
Karen’s family and friends are the focus her spare time, although she has taken an aversion to watching her son play rugby since he broke his collar bone in an unfortunate, mis-timed tackle. Thankfully her love of travel, swimming and calligraphy are rather less dangerous….