National Homelessness Conference 2018

Karen Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Shelter NSW

Karen Walsh Karen joined Shelter NSW as CEO in 2017. Prior to this role, Karen held two GM  roles at SGCH from 2010 to 2016, leading the social and affordable housing strategy, policy and delivery; business and service improvement; community regeneration and placemaking; and more recently  leading the Group’s business growth strategy, innovation and impact.

Karen’s early career in the UK was in child protection and disability services. Her career in Australia includes 12 years in NSW State Government in senior and executive roles in Aboriginal , public and community housing  leading strategy and reform; strategic policy and partnerships; community regeneration and business development and improvement.

Karen is a qualified social worker, and holds two Masters Degrees - in Social Policy (UWS) and an Executive Masters in Public Administration, is as an Associate of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance at UTS, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.    Karen has held Directorships on several not for profit Boards, including peak bodies.