After nine years working in financial services as a Compliance Officer for the FCA and then Dawnay Day, a privately owned financial services group, Karen decided to follow her creative passion and retrained as an Interior Designer. She graduated from KLC School of Design during which time she also gained experience in architecture, working for an award-winning contemporary architect in London. She then set up and ran an interior design business in London working on both residential and commercial projects, whilst also working with the BBC as a guest presenter and for IPC Media as a regular columnist specialising in interiors. Looking for a new challenge, Karen secured a marketing role with BlueSpear Associates as Account Director working on a diverse range of products from motor bikes to energy drinks before joining David Salisbury in 2007 as Commercial Manager where she was instrumental in the re-branding of the business.
She recalls asking David Salisbury personally, during her interview, where he wanted the business to be in 5 years’ time and the answer was to be bigger than (the then) household brand, Amdega - and here we are, mission accomplished! The role then opened up for a sales designer and Karen spent the next 7 years as a design consultant where she thoroughly enjoyed working directly with clients to fulfil their design requirements and many of her designs are featured on the website, in advertising and case studies. The importance of putting the client first and ensuring that the designs are perfect for their property, lifestyle and, not to mention, budget remains close to Karen’s heart and is an important driver in achieving high customer satisfaction levels.
This leads us to her current role, as Sales and Marketing Director, and the opportunity to be instrumental in a business that she truly believes in, work with a dedicated team of designers and continue her involvement in exciting design projects like the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath and the new contemporary showroom at Chelsea. “I am lucky to have found my dream job and look forward to the continued growth of the business and seeing the fulfilment of many new design projects for our valued customer base”.