Karen Brown is Chair of BookTrust, a charity that fosters a love of reading in children. She was Chair of Oxfam GB and a member of the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International until October 2017. She is also a trustee of Book Works which publishes and makes artists’ books.
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.