Member Since: 7th Aug 2020
Karen graduated from Napier University in 1984 with a BA in Accounting, before commencing training with Whitelaw Wells in Edinburgh. After qualifying as a CA in 1988, she returned home to Orkney to manage Scholes, the accountancy business started by her late father, and was sole practitioner in the firm until it was incorporated in 2008.
Although a director and shareholder of Scholes Ltd, Karen retains a hands-on approach to management within the firm, working closely with colleagues to ensure they’re delivering the highest standards of professional support to a growing number of clients.
As Chair of the ICAS Members in Practice Advisory Board (MiPAB) and a member of the ICAS Council, Karen is keen to increase and enhance the engagement ICAS has with its members and generally raise the profile of the accounting profession.
A finalist in the 2005 Association of Scottish Businesswomen Awards, Karen is particularly passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and enjoys nurturing young people in business through her work with Young Enterprise Orkney and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. She’s also a Stewart Ivory Financial Education Officer, delivering the SI Finance for Sixth Formers programme to senior school pupils in the islands.
Outside of accountancy, and when time allows, Karen enjoys the arts – amateur dramatics are a particular favourite, running, walking and travelling.