Karen is the Chairperson of the Villa Maria Estate Board and has served on the Board of Directors for 20 years, following a successful career in international banking with ANZ. Karen has considerable experience in the wine industry. She has been involved in the development of two specialist vineyard companies and in Villa Maria’s Auckland winery, which opened in 2005. Karen has also been a director since mid-2011 of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise- the New Zealand Government’s national economic development agency. Karen is also a member of the New Zealand Global Women network, which encourages women into senior and leadership roles.