Unreasonable Mentors

Karen Thomas

Head of Mid-Corporate Midlands Region, for UK Corporate Ban

Karen is an Unreasonable Mentor. Karen has participated in 2 programs, including Unreasonable Impact UK & Europe 2024, and has advised over 26 Unreasonable companies.
Karen leads the Mid-Corporate business across the Midlands Region (spanning North Wales, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, and Lincolnshire) where she has undertaken the role since 2022. Clients are from a range of industries with turnover above £6.5m.
During her 30+ year career, Karen has worked predominantly in Wales but also spent time in the South-West & more latterly The Midlands. Other previous roles include Head of the South Wales Corporate Team. Relationship Director, Business development and risk roles.
Karen takes an active role in respect of the Gender diversity strategy for Corporate Bank and has a successful track-record in developing and promoting colleagues. Karen was shortlisted in 2020 and 2021 for the Best professional in Business, in the Welsh Women awards.
Externally, Karen is a member of the Cardiff Capital Region Economic Growth Partnership board that focuses on improving the economic growth, digital connectivity and investment in the region and is a member of the Midlands CBI board.
As part of a military family, Karen spent many of her formative years overseas. She enjoys travelling and using her languages skills. Other hobbies include golf and personal fitness. She is a qualified aerobics instructor and enjoys undertaking challenges to benefit local charities.