Karen Coutts has been an Independent Director for several years, holding governance roles relevant to Māori social and economic development within te ao Māori and the Crown. She has been involved in governance since 2001 and her first role in New Zealand was with He Oranga Pounamu, a board she was on for nearly 10 years. Before full-time governance, she had a career holding senior operational management roles in the United Kingdom in social development. Her most recent role was to lead policy advice on the Māori economy at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Karen has a Master’s degree in public policy.
Karen’s whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu comes through Teitei Haberfield, Peneamine Te Kihi, Romia Titope and Te Whe. She is the Moeraki representative on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and is Treasurer for Moeraki Rūnanga. She also affiliates to Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.