Karren began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto London Broadcasting Company as a sales executive. She joined Sport Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year.
In October 2009 her business was valued at over £82million and she sold it.
In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. In January 2011, under her leadership campaign, WHU was awarded as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. As a result her club hoped to be moving there post games in 2014. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.
Karren has attracted much media attention in her career, and was the subject of an hour long documentary ‘Inside Story – The Real Life Manageress’ shown on BBC 1. She has hosted her own TV show, and has also presented shows on ITV. Karren has written four books.
Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper; the UK’s biggest selling national daily newspaper. She is also a columnist for Women & Home. She is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and the Sports Industry Awards, Red Magazine Women Awards, Women & Home Women Awards.
An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.
She was voted by Cosmopolitan as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world and in 2004 and again in 2006 attended The Queen’s lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders. She was acknowledged as one of the most influential women in Britain by the Daily Mail and voted as one of Britain’s Most Inspirational Women by Good Housekeeping magazine.
In November 2006 she won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World.
In December 2007 Karren was a guest on Desert Island Discs and February 2008 saw the launch of Karren Brady’s ‘Today’s Business Woman’ magazine.
In October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year and in November 2008 she was named as one of the top leadership role models in a national poll. This recognition was quickly followed in December 2008 when she was presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards, acknowledging her outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business.
November 2010 saw Karren listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Britain’, whilst she was also included in the Evening Standard’s list of ‘London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2010’.
In July 2011 she won the National Reality TV Award for Best TV Judge beating Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Aleshia Dixon amongst others.
In February 2012, Karren was delighted to accept an appointment as an Ambassador for charitable organisation, Wellbeing of Women.
Karren’s considerable sporting and business experience, combined with her pleasing manner, informed approach and articulate delivery, make her a natural choice for personal appearances, motivational and after dinner speaking, as well as corporate days and promotions.