A self taught baker, a stalker of French Patisserie window displays. A lover of a stripe or a sequin , a beret, a cape. Fascinated by shoes, excited by colour, moves to a beat, sings in the heat.
Having had an interesting life so far Karen likes to ring the changes in her life every now and then. When she was twenty one she shocked her family and friends by leaving a safe job in a bank and her mortgage behind and did the proverbial Shirley Valentine and took herself off to Greece. Amongst other things during that time she worked for a shipping magnate as his Gamekeepers assistant.
She returned to the UK and worked whilst bringing her first child up single handedly before eventually getting married and completing her family.She has worked with glasses, in a law firm, in a supermarket, she made candles, she had a florist shop, worked for the local authority and eventually worked in the holiday industry maintaining and repairing caravans.
Karen applied for the television show The Great British Bake Off and her new journey started there, she has stories to tell and has lessons she has learned, her next adventure awaits her. She uses all these experiences to entertain, to motivate and encourage people to follow their dreams and to keep stepping up.
"Karen was absolutely fantastic and a real pleasure to work with and listen to. She was incredibly approachable and down to earth and the afternoon tea that she hosted was well received by our customers and they only had positive things to say about Karen. We could have listened to her stories all day and we really enjoyed her visits to Farmer Copley's."– Farmer Copley's
"Karen did a fabulous job at our "Dream, Believe, Achieve" event. The children were thrilled to meet her and her talk was hugely inspiring and engaging. It was a pleasure to welcome her into our school."– Rachel Saunders, Miriam Lord Primary School
"After seeing Karen's fantastic bakes and great comedy timing on the Great British Bake Off I thought she would be a fantastic speaker to visit the Horbury WI. Karen kindly agreed to kick off 2019 and we were not disappointed! Karen's story was thought provoking, humorous and personal , she has inspired many of our members to step out of their comfort zone and start a journey on something they probably would never have done. A big thank you to Karen for that. Looking forward to seeing where Karen takes these opportunities in the future"– The Horbury WI
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