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Karen Beaven is renowned in the HR industry for her forward thinking approach and having led significant HR transformation programmes in her various HR Practitioner roles.

An award winning, creative and innovative Senior HR professional with Chartered FCIPD status.  Karen is a proven board level influencer, driven by quality and integrity with a clear commercial focus.

Her accolades include winning the 2015 HR Director of the year at the prestigious HR Excellence awards and also being listed in the HRO Today Global Superstar rankings.

As an entrepreneur at heart Karen has always had a natural ability to link trends and spot commercial opportunities.

Her experience of setting up Style Studio at River Island inspired her to establish the HR Entrepreneurs Network with the aim of providing a platform to promote and celebrate entrepreneurial thinking in HR and to connect like-minded individuals.


Karen is a commercial leader who adds value to every business she works with and she is passionate about elevating the HR profession and promoting excellence within this field.  Karen is a very progressive and a creative HR leader, committed in every step of the way to establishing and developing effective business strategies and helping others to do the same.

Karen currently works as HR Director for River Island and is also a member of the Leadership Board for The People Space.

All views and opinions expressed on this site are her own unless expressed as otherwise.