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Karen Wood

Name: Mrs Karen Wood
Date of appointment: 1 November 2013
Term of office: 4 years
Appointing body: Parents
Other school governance roles: None
Business interests*: None
Attendance record (last academic year): 80%

*Governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interests, which may have a bearing on decisions they make


 A ‘southerner’ until a few years ago, I grew up in Middlesex, studied Biology at the University of Plymouth and obtained my higher degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Westminster in 1991. For several years I worked in routine and research laboratories – initially in the NHS and later for the Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK – CRUK).

I later went on to study Management which I was able to combine with my scientific background to successfully develop technology transfer and commercialisation opportunities for CRUK.

Once the children came along the London commute was less attractive, and I became Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager at the University of Bedfordshire where I was involved in various business development projects for students, staff and local businesses. I have also held jobs in Local Government and been a self–employed business advisor.

While my children were still young, a lifestyle change beckoned, and always a fan of the outdoor life in the Peak District, our family relocated to Stoney Middleton in 2007.

My current role as Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre Manager at the University of Sheffield involves promoting and developing links between academia and industry that will lead to new innovations in engineering and biotechnology through new research programmes.

I have a lot of experience on projects that link businesses with education and I hope that I will be able to use some of this knowledge in my role as Governor at Lady Manners School.

My husband, Steven, is an engineer and we have two children who are both at Lady Manners School.