Karen Hester

Karen joined Adnams in 1988 as a part-time cleaner. Today, as Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for over 400 employees, ensuring the smooth running of all day-to-day operations at Adnams Brewery, Hotels, Pubs and Cellar & Kitchen Stores.

Karen won East of England Business Woman of the Year in 2008 and First Women Business of the Year in 2013. Most recently, Karen became the first woman to be appointed to the Adnams Board as an Executive Director. Karen was awarded an Honorary Degree by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in 2015.

In 2009 Karen became a magistrate and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and is regularly found on the terraces at Ipswich Town Football Club.

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