Karen Stokes: Finance Director

Qualifying as an accountant in 1993, Karen worked for several years in industry before establishing her own successful company where she continued to gain extensive knowledge working for companies across a variety of areas.

In 2004 Karen was appointed as Finance Director of Advantage Creative West Midlands Limited (Advantage Creative CIC), assisting to invest over £5m public, European and self generated funds into 56 companies within the Creative Industry Sector. After 5 years once all funds were invested Karen resigned and was appointed as Finance Director of Creative Advantage West Midlands Limited, the pilot fund.

Holding several directorship and company secretary roles within small to multi-million pound companies in both private and public sector, she has a strong work ethic and enjoys helping business owners to grow their businesses whilst remaining legally compliant.