Karen has been involved with Enterprise for over 20 years and has seen a major transformation in its membership – now serving over 20,000 members – making it one of the largest community development credit unions in the country.
Speaking about her pride in accepting the award, Karen said: “To be recognised for the effort I have given to Enterprise Credit Union over the past 20 years, was a special moment for me, and one of the proudest in my life to date. Social impact, for me, is a measure of everything we stand for as credit unions, and if this award can bring more awareness to the influence of credit unions, I’ll be delighted.
“Working in the credit union industry has given me the opportunity to meet many fantastic people, and we’re approaching an exciting time as a collective, in no small part down to the work of our women. Last March, I was delighted to pay homage to all of our fantastic female directors, staff, volunteers and members, at the ABCUL AGM just days after International Women’s Day. We wouldn’t be where we are without all of you.
"If you look at some of the brilliant credit unions up and down the country, you'll see female leaders throughout, providing the stewardship and innovation that is so crucial to our collective success. Only a few months ago, the announcement of WOCCU's Women's Global Leadership Network was a testament to the fantastic female talent we have in our industry, not just in the UK, but across the world. It's a theme I'm really looking forward to hearing more about at the WOCCU Conference at the end of the month in the Bahamas."