Originally from a retail banking and then corporate finance background, Karen became interested in technology in the early 90's. After completion of an MBA specialising in international information technology strategy and undertaking a number of complex IT projects, she then travelled internationally providing senior level strategic consultancy to many fortune 500 companies on HR/payroll systems, workflow and processes.
In 1996 she formed Patersons with a view to solving a real gap in the market - international payroll. Karen is a thought leader in new wave software as a service technology and the enterprise application market and also works closely with several top UK universities on systems methodology. Karen was awarded Best Entrepreneur in EMEA at the 5th annual Stevie Awards for Women in 2008, was a finalist in the Growing Business Awards 2008 and recently named as a 2009 HRO Superstar.
Karen holds an MBA a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).