Karen Lowthrop - Vice Chair

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Karen Lowthrop is CEO of Hill Holt Wood an environmental social enterprise set in 34 acres of mixed deciduous forest in Lincolnshire. Hill Holt Wood now enjoys national prominence as a leading example of how natural resources can be maintained and developed for the benefit of the local community.

Karen Lowthrop is CEO of Hill Holt Wood an environmental social enterprise set in 34 acres of mixed deciduous forest in Lincolnshire.

In 1997 Karen and her husband, Nigel Lowthrop, founded Hill Holt Wood having purchased the forest two years earlier. In 2002 the environmental social enterprise was born and Hill Holt Wood now enjoys national prominence as a leading example of how natural resources can be maintained and developed for the benefit of the local community.     

Karen's background is in communication and she retained as a basic skills teacher in 1994.  Karen is a community Champions, a graduate of ‘common purpose’ and sits on the advisory panel for Plunkett Foundation. She was appointed MBE in 2011 for services to social enterprise.

In addition to being on the Board of Social Enterprise UK, Karen is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.