Karen is a fourth generation Falkland Islander on her mother's side. Her family moved to the UK in 1975 when her father was posted back to the UK to help set up the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Headquarters in Cambridge. Her brother returned to live in the Falklands in 1986 and still does so.
Karen joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990 and served with them for 25 years. She had postings in Moscow, Washington DC and Canberra. She was also part of their Rapid Deployment Team for many years and travelled to China in 2008 after the terrible earthquake they suffered to look for, and give consular aid to, missing British nationals.
Karen has been back to the Falklands on many occasions and still considers it home. She is a long-standing member of the FIA and, after being retired from the FCO on medical grounds, was able to take up the role of Membership Secretary in 2015.
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