Karen is Chief Executive of the 1990 Trust (UK wide Black-led NGO and charity) and
currently a board and council member of Liberty.
“One very dominant theme which emerged was the credibility and competence of the
1990 Trust to make a major contribution to the development of human rights policy
(2001, 1990 Trust Strategic Review, by external consultants)
The Trust is particularly concerned with active networks of Black people for ensuring the
delivery of Race Equality and Human Rights.
Karen was born in Pakistan. After her masters degree in “Race and Community
Studies” in Bradford she became a founder member of the Black members’ organisation
of NALGO (now Unison). She was also a founder member of the National Black
Caucus, the 1990 Trust and of Belgrave Baheno women’s organisation, Leicester - now
owners of the multi-million pound Peepul Centre. She is Vice chair of the Black
Londoners forum, vice chair of the UK Race in Europe Network, a board member for
Sport England, (East Midlands) and an executive member of the National Assembly
For 12 years she was a senior Lecturer at Leicester’s De Montfort University. She has
also worked in local government for seven years.