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Gender in the Workplace: Karen Sutherland – 13th October

Gender in the Workplace: Karen Sutherland, Thursday 13th October 2016, 6-7:30pm, Pfeiffer Room, Hughes Hall

  • How do women fare in the world of big business?
  • Why is gender balance in the workplace important and what does it mean for you as a leader?
  • How can we get the gender balance right in business and how do gender imbalance issues impact the growth of a business?

Karen Sutherland (AstraZeneca) will provide some personal insights about organisations and what strategies and tactics can help make an organisation & individual more successful.
A Business Subject Area /Hughes Hall Enterprise Society event particularly open to anyone with an interest in business.

All welcome. Refreshments available. Book your free place via: https://karensutherlandathughes.eventbrite.co.uk


Karen Sutherland has a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Psychology.  She joined Ford as an Occupational Psychologist in 1989 but then moved into a broader HR/Employee relations role. In 1992 she joined GlaxoSmithKline and over the next 5-6 years assumed roles of increasing complexity and seniority culminating in the role of HR Manager for their Scottish primary manufacturing sites.  In 1992 Karen joined the multinational oil & gas major Conoco UK (later “ConocoPhillips after merger) as their UK Upstream HR Manager.  Between 1998 & 2007 she held a number of positions in the organisation including Regional European Support (UK, Russia, Norway, Netherlands), Merger HRTeam Lead for Change work stream, Manager of Global Leadership Development (USA) and lastly as Regional HR Manager for Europe & Africa (based out of Norway).  She joined Astra Zeneca in 2007 and has supported a range of functions.  She is currently the VP HR for Innovative Medicines & Early Development and is the HR Lead for the UK.