Karen Brown is Chair of Oxfam GB, Chair of Booktrust, and a member of the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International.
Her career in television began in 1979 at Granada Television, and from 1987 continued at Channel 4, first in News and Current Affairs and then Adult Education. She became Channel 4's Controller of Factual Programmes in 1995, then Deputy Director of Programmes and Managing Director of 4 Learning, Channel 4's educational arm.
Subsequently, she advised on implementation, education and new media in Whitehall and for several publicly funded bodies including the V&A and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has served on company and charitable boards.
Her interest in education and opportunity for all threads through her work in television, her trustee and governor roles at NIACE, Haverstock Secondary School, Teacher Training Agency and BookTrust as well as her work in international development and her own recent experience as a Fine Arts (Drawing) undergraduate at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.