Karen is a Mumpreneur and founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation.
Karen has a positive ‘make it happen’ attitude and can draw upon over thirty years of business experience and the relevant skills to realise her objectives.
Karen is passionate about making a difference to the lives of others.
“I was raised in a stable, loving and safe household and given all the love, support and opportunity I could ever have asked for.
However not every child has the same upbringing I was privileged to have had. As a mother I wanted to do something to help children who have had a difficult start in life, that is why I started the Buddy Bag Foundation. With the help and support of many likeminded people, our aim is to give as many children as possible the extra love and support they need to guide them towards a happy, balanced and fulfilling future.”
Karen is the very proud mother of three positive, caring and goal directed young adults and grandmother to three adorable grandchildren.
In her spare time Karen enjoys yoga, meditation, practising mindfulness, walking, cycling, running, travel and personal development”
Karen has an innate ability to see the very best in people and the charm, personality and charisma to induce acts of benevolence from those whose hearts she touches.
Her enthusiasm, passion and seemingly inexhaustible drive is not only a joy to behold, it inspires people of good conscience to follow her on a shared mission.
Karen’s main business Utility Warehouse has given her the Time Freedom to follow her passion and purpose to set up a charity and make a difference to children.
The Buddy Bag Foundation continues to enjoy strong and robust growth, both in terms of the children it reaches and the charity’s public profile. Recent recognition such Karen being a Lorraine Kelly – Women of the Year Finalist and being awarded the prime minister ‘Points of Light’ award for outstanding charitable work as well as numerous regional awards have contributed greatly to this.
Harry is a Business Designer, working for one of the biggest design agencies in the world – Fjord, owned by Accenture. Harry has experience working with a range of businesses across multiple industries. Harry and his colleagues help businesses solve their most pressing issues, using human-centered approaches from the design discipline
Angela Henry is a Consultant Solicitor who is passionate about helping people.
For the last 20 years she has devoted her practice to specializing in Family Law; and worked extensively in the charitable sector. Angela’s commitment to developing ways to help empower her clients led her to qualify as the first Collobarative Lawyer in Birmingham and be a founder member of the Collaborative Family Law Group. She is also a trained Mediator.
Angela’s charity work has involved holding directorships or trusteeships with various organisations committed to, amongst other things, helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities. This invaluable experience is what has contributed to Angela’s ongoing desire to “give back” and help where possible and aligns well with the objective and ideals of The Buddy Bag Foundation.
In her leisure time Angela enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and reading.
Nadina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a firm in Nottingham. Later, Nadina emigrated to Zurich, Switzerland where she made the switch from public practice into the world of reinsurance and insurance.
On returning to Derbyshire, Nadina became the European Finance Director for a NASDAQ quoted manufacturer.
Nadina then became the Finance Director for the family’s engineering business and later oversaw its orderly dissolution.
Nadina now combines a portfolio career as a Non-Executive Director and Interim Finance Director working in the UK, Switzerland and Germany with a multi-level marketing franchise.
Through her work as a coach and mentor, Nadina loves being the spark that ignites others to achieve results that today are just dreams.
Nadina looks forwards to applying her knowledge of the charitable sector to the Buddy Bag Foundation.
Brett is an International Behavioural & Performance Specialist who has over 20 years experience of building multiple businesses. Over the past 13 years Brett has dedicated himself to mastering the art and science of human behaviour and teaching others how to adopt high performing behaviours, skills and strategies in order to take their life and career to extraordinary levels.
Brett has experience of working within multiple industries, including Charities, Ministry of Justice, Technology, Social Care, Education, Mental Health, Professional Services, Entertainment and Professional Sport.
During this time Brett has gained qualifications and experience in Psychology, Behavioural Analysis, Neuroscience, Coaching and Training.
“Having had first hand experience of working with children in emergency care and the difficulties that they face, it makes me immensely proud to be a trustee of this great foundation and to help this amazing cause in every way possible.
I’m a dad to two boys and two girls who keep me on my toes. I love travel, running, martial arts and football. I have a natural fascination for human behaviour and always try to see the good in others.“
Donna is a highly experienced business consultant, coach, international speaker, people developer and co-author of a bestselling business book.
She is a business owner having previously held senior leadership positions in banking and finance and board level positions in the public and third sectors. Her extensive corporate background and experience enables her to inspire others to achieve greater personal, professional and commercial success. Donna has a heart for people and a head for business.
Donna is a very proud mum and carer to her son who has cerebral palsy and who is now studying at university. He inspires her every day.
She has advocated for young people, carers and families for the past 19 years and has driven the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda within the Health and Social Care and Education systems throughout this time – chairing local authority boards and NHS public and internal councils.
Her personal journey and experience as a vulnerable child herself make her relevant and insightful.
What makes Donna memorable?
Her family, friends and customers say her energy, enthusiasm, compassion and her ability to understand them and the challenges they have. In addition, her ability to make a huge impact and to inspire others to get results quickly. Having the ability to passionately develop, enthuse and deliver change by standing in others’ shoes.
‘In my spare time I love dancing, theatre, travel, personal development, catching up with friends and being outdoors with my jack russell terrier, aptly called Buddy.
I am bursting with pride and delighted to be a trustee. I’m looking forward to supporting The Buddy Bag Foundation in continuing the fantastic work they do.
Making a difference matters to me. Purposefully creating a legacy of love in the lives of vulnerable children is priceless.’
Dan is a qualified solicitor who specialises in Real Estate and Real Estate Finance transactions at a City law firm.
Dan studied Law at the University of Leeds and has a Master’s Degree in Law, Business and Management.
Dan has also spent time working for an Educational Social Enterprise, helping students from disadvantage backgrounds gain access to top professions. Dan now enjoys being able to positively impact the lives of others through his work with the Buddy Bag Foundation.
Dan loves to socialise, travel and mentor young people and has a keen interest in politics.
Our Advisory Board
Chris is a coaching and training professional with more than 30 years’ experience of growing businesses and developing people.
“I’m a loving partner to Tina, proud dad to three wonderfully positive and goal directed young adults and recently a new dad to my youngest daughter Libby. My philosophy is to Live life on purpose, Love understand and help others achieve their goals, and Laugh because happiness is achieving your goals with a smile.
“I’m an enthusiastic member of the 50 plus club and I love walking, running, cycling, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, music, cinema, comedy clubs, theatre, travel, personal development, touring and free camping in our motorhome.”
Andy is an IT and business support specialist with a natural ability to turn his hands to all things technical. With over 5 years experience in the industry, he has built and developed many company websites and has helped businesses create and promote their brand identities, both online and offline.