Karen Smith MIEP

Disability Action Northern Ireland

Head of Contracted Services

About Karen Smith MIEP

Karen is Head of Contracted Services at Disability Action. Reporting to the CEO, Karen works within a small senior management team to shape the strategy, inform best practice on current issues and promote the organisation at all levels. She is responsible forproviding innovative solutions to the current funding environment and advice for the CEO and the Board of Directors. 

From 2015Karen led and managed the European Social Fund project Job Match delivering bespoke recruitment and job-related support and guidance to individuals and employers NI-Wide and Karen continues to undertake this role. 

Karen has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK in disability and employment policy, practice, management and organisational transformation. She is a member of the Institute of Employability Professionals, a member of NICVA’s Joint Forum for Disability Action, also NICVA's ESF User Group and NIUSE’s Policy Group and have just joined the NI Education Authority External Stakeholder Advisory Group.