SJ began her career as an Investment Banker. After six years living in Japan, she returned to pursue her own finance-based business, which she successfully ran for 10 years before being enticed into her next role. This was CEO and Company Secretary for a Mortgage Finance Charity, which she grew for eight years before joining CFT. SJ enjoys cooking and rifle shooting in her spare time.
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Having started her working life at Christie’s in St James, London, Karen went on to become joint director of a successful fine art restoration studio in the South West for 25 years. She is also Chef d’Equipe for the Australian Carriage Driving Four-in-Hand Team, winning five successive Gold medals at the World Equestrian Games and World Four-in-Hand Championships. Following a late ‘gap year’ spent travelling in Africa, Asia, New Zealand and USA, Karen joined The Country Food Trust in 2018 with her whippet ‘Ted’.
Saskia spent many years in London working in the film, television and live events industries. The family moved back to Gloucestershire where she continued to work freelance on an ad hoc basis before taking a career break to bring up her children. During this time, Saskia trained in natural therapies and ran a successful private clinic in Gloucestershire.
The last few years have seen Saskia return to the live events industry working for an international events company. This was followed by helping to set up and subsequently run the London branch of an established hire company who specialised in festivals, events and parties.