Karen Blackwell

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Karen will be looking at Nesta's people operations to ensure they are efficient, effective and add value to the team.

Karen's aim is to develop a strategy that creates excellence in people operations and an inclusive organisation culture that supports Nesta's teams to deliver their best work.

Karen has an extensive career in HR with a background in FMCG retail, manufacturing and hospitality at Boots, Tesco, Nestle, Clarks and PizzaExpress. More recently, she has worked in the third sector supporting organisations, including Ambition Institute and Early Intervention Foundation, through periods of change and transformation. Karen is also a sessional lecturer for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, supporting students and apprentices through their HR qualifications.

When she is not working, she can usually be found on a tennis court. Tennis is her passion and she has been playing for two years.