John Lennon Art and Design Building

Karen McCormick

Ms Karen McCormick

Membership details: Independent Member

Member of:

Board of Governors
Audit Committee

Term of office:

06/07/2015 - 05/07/2018 (first term)

Karen has held a broad industry career which began in accountancy and progressed into business leadership, with a particular interest in business performance improvement with a focus on people. Karen has worked across a diverse range of sectors and held senior leadership roles including: Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire Building Society: Group HR Director at private-equity backed Care UK; Vice President HR at Kellogg's Europe: People Performance Director at Sainsburys, and HR Director at GUS Home Shopping/Reality.

Karen's early career was spent in financial services. All of these roles have been transformational in nature during a time when each business was facing a significant challenge in their market. Karen is now an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director with extensive experience working with senior executives and Boards to improve business performance, from the formation of vision and strategy to delivery at the front line. Karen is also an effective coach with the ability to identify potential and develop talent.