Karen Moore Biz

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Karen’s clients describe her as inspiring, motivational and outcome focused. Her unique and enthusiastic approach to her work lets her develop the confidence and mindsets of individuals and organisations to get them to where they need to be.

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I live in Edinburgh with my partner – a long way from my home town of Liverpool, but fate brought me to Scotland and that’s where I have stayed for the last 25+ years. In my spare time, I enjoy running, cycling, walking and exploring Scotland’s natural treasures. I adore the world’s creatures but if pushed, I’d have to say cats hold a special place in my heart. I also love to cook and am at my happiest in the kitchen creating yummy vegetarian dishes.


  • 30 years senior leadership experience in the Third Sector
  • Leading diverse and complex teams
  • Managing significant organisational and cultural change
  • Skilled in developing people’s confidence and resilience to ensure they have the capability to grow their business, self and their organisation
  • Through high emotional intelligence, I can quickly identify issues or behaviours which are creating blockages
  • Able to ask those difficult questions that currently have no answers or have not been on the radar
  • Future-orientated with availability to envisage clear outcomes and scenarios


  • Interim CEO contracts
  • Career transition coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Management and strategic consultancy
  • Organisation development


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Before setting up KarenMooreBiz Consulting, I worked with Scottish Waterways Trust as its Chief Executive from 2012-2018. Prior to that I was the Scottish Director for The Waterways Trust 2002-2011. I have 30 years experience in the non-profit sector and non-profit organisations.


I established my own business in 2018 offering strategic consultancy services including Interim Executive contracts, Strategic Planning, Organisational Reviews including Governance, Vision and Culture change, Income Diversification Planning and Fundraising and Executive Coaching & Mentoring. I qualified as an accredited Executive Coach and Mentor in 2016 through the Edinburgh Coaching Academy. I completed my training with the Thinking Project as a Time to Think Facilitator.

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I was until recently a Non- Executive Director on the Blackwood Board and a member of the Audit and Performance Committee and I am currently Chair of Cumbernauld Theatre Trust.


As a former CEO, my role was to lead the charity; create the strategy for income generation, enterprise and sustainability; lead and inspire the team; create a culture of passion, creativity, energy and productivity; develop strategic partnerships and new project development.

Some of my successes as a CEO

  • Growing the organisation’s income from £200k to £1.5m p.a.
  • Raising £16 million for Scottish Waterways Trust
  • Leading a diverse team of staff and volunteers
  • Creating the award-winning canal college® – £1.4m outdoor skills and learning programme
  • Inspiring over 7,000 people p.a. to engage with the Scotland’s Canals and Waterways
  • Motivating 500 people per annum to volunteer on Scotland’s Canals and Waterways
  • Winning Community Charity of the Year 2017 and People’s Choice Charity of the Year 2017
  • Engaging 3,500 people p.a. in the Canals rich and diverse heritage