Karen Livingstone
National Director of the Innovation Exchange and SBRI Healthcare
NHS England
Karen is the National Director for the Innovation Exchange and SBRI Healthcare, part of the NHS’s innovation offer, with a degree in Political Science from Loughborough followed by a postgraduate health leadership programme at Yale and is currently a fellow at the Judge Institute, Cambridge University.  Karen is currently completing her qualifications to become an IoD Chartered Director.

Formerly Director of NHS Midlands and East Karen supported the work of the regional health authority and the Public Health Team to promote closer working across all government. Karen led on relations with Local Government supporting the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards across the Midlands and East Cluster area.

A Board member of both the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and EEIDB, the service provider for Business link in the East of England.  The Business Link service provided specialist business advice and support to start ups, SMEs and high growth companies across the region.

Before joining the team at the regional health authority Karen worked as a special adviser to the then Secretary of State for Health – Patricia Hewitt MP. With a specific remit to handle media and communications she also had responsibility for managing relationships with national stakeholders representing employer, patient and community interests.

Prior to her role in Westminster Karen was a campaigns and communications director for several national Trades Unions, the Labour Party and voluntary sector organisations.



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