In her new role within Capita Local Public Services, Karen will focus on building on Capita’s innovative use of asset management principles in its highway improvement partnerships with local authorities around the country.
She will be based in the north west, and working across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse, where Capita’s partnerships with local authorities in the region are helping to make it a more attractive place to live, work and invest.
Karen joins Capita from Lancashire County Council where she worked as highways and traffic manager before being promoted to become highways asset manager for the authority.
She brings with her a wealth of experience in using asset management to regenerate and maintain existing highways, encourage more efficient and effective use of resources, and safeguarding the engineering integrity of the UK’s road network. During her time at Lancashire County Council, the Council was recognised by the Department for Transport (DfT) as an exemplary highway authority.
Before joining Lancashire County Council, Karen worked in operational risk for the Lancashire’s fire service, where she gained extensive knowledge of the practical effects and potential impact of effective asset management across different projects.
“This is a very exciting time to be joining Capita, which already has a strong reputation for delivering effective highways improvement programmes using asset management principles and practices.I aim to build on that reputation by strengthening strategic decision-making and applying more long term planning to these partnerships, helping to create successful highways management and improvement schemes which work effectively for the communities they serve.”
Jonathan Prew, executive director for Capita Local Public Services, said:
“Karen has outstanding experience in delivering effective highways asset management in the local government sector, and is one of the leading experts in her field. We look forward to working with her to build on Capita’s expertise in this area, helping local authorities to deliver effective highways programmes that can help drive investment and jobs in regions across the Northern Powerhouse.”