Karen joined the Coast to Capital Board in 2019 and her finance skills and commercial expertise have helped promote a strong business ethos and commercial culture on the Board. She leads the delivery of Coast to Capital’s loan investments, is developing the organisation’s commercial strategy and has overall responsibility for the Growing Places Fund.
During her career, Karen focused at various times on owner-managed businesses, public and private sector clients as well as PLCs, both UK-based and global organisations. She has experience of most sectors, but specialised in agri-business, health, education and finance which are some of the key sectors in the Coast to Capital area.
Karen Dukes, Interim Vice Chair said:
“Having spent my whole career helping businesses work through financial issues I’m delighted to have been appointed as Interim Vice Chair at this critical time. I‘m proud to work with such a diverse group of leaders that are passionate about the economic recovery of our area and ambitious for its future. I look forward to supporting our Chair, Julie Kapsalis with addressing the economic challenges arising as a result of COVID-19.”
Julie Kapsalis, Coast to Capital Chair said:
“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area. The appointment of Karen as Interim Vice Chair strengthens and supports the Board even further. Karen brings significant experience and knowledge to this role and I greatly value the opportunity to work more closely with her.”
Coast to Capital will be launching its formal Vice Chair recruitment process in the New Year.