Karen Turner

Karen Turner


Karen’s work includes business and strategic planning, fundraising, organisational development and capital projects. Recent projects include business planning at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and the development of Capital Feasibility Studies and Fundraising Strategies for De La Warr Pavilion, Windermere Jetty/Lakeland Arts and The Scout Association for a new museum of scouting heritage at Gilwell Park.

Karen has worked with the Arts Council of Wales Resilience Programme supporting a number of clients through organisational change including Galeri, Artesmundi, National Youth Arts Wales and Chapter Arts Centre.

Karen is currently the Executive Director of the National Youth Theatre (NYT), working to grow the national programme, partnerships, inclusion and financial resilience of this vibrant organisation whilst leading the capital development programme for the NYTs London home on the Holloway Road, supported by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.

Karen is Vice Chair of ACE NPO Peckham Platform and previously a Trustee of Creative and Cultural Skills Council. Karen is an advocate for inclusion and a Governor of Highshore School, an SEN secondary school in Southwark.

Before joining Counterculture Karen was Managing Director at the ICA leading the venue through a process of significant organisational change and stabilisation. Previous roles include Business Development Director for the Crafts Council and Strategy Director for Cape Farewell.

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