Karen Jones is the Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs for NZ Police. She is a member of the NZ Police executive team and is the Police's principal adviser on communication matters internally and externally. Karen manages a nationwide team providing media relations, social media management, strategic advice, stakeholder relations, recruitment marketing and print and web services, as well as overseeing the Police Museum. She is a member of the Police Women’s Advisory Network governance group and is passionate about improving diversity in organisations.
Before joining Police in February 2013, Karen was Head of Communications and Government Relations for NZ Lotteries, a senior executive-level position she held since 2007. She was previously Communications Manager for the State Services Commission for five years and held a number of senior communications roles in private and public sector organisations. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Victoria University.