Karen Lockerby

Karen Lockerby

Senior Advisor

Transformational leader with global experience in driving change across the public and social sector

About Karen

With over 16 years’ experience leading legal, policy, advisory, and operational teams within large government organizations in New South Wales, Australia and Nova Scotia, Canada, Karen has a proven track record of providing strategic advice and successfully delivering both large- and small-scale projects that involve multiple stakeholders, complex issues and sensitive subject matters.

With a deep understanding of complex public and social sector challenges, Karen is known for providing impactful and action-oriented solutions for her clients. She has a focus in using people centered strategies and restorative design to assist government organizations, not-for-profit entities, and indigenous communities to develop programs and services that are inclusive, accessible, innovative and effective.

Having lived and worked on three continents, Karen is true believer in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. Karen understands the critical importance of practicing cultural and gender awareness, understanding privilege, and implementing restorative strategies and design to empower people, drive change and embed success.

When Karen is not working, she enjoys mentoring young lawyers, surfing, music and spending time with her son at the hockey rink.

Service Area of Expertise

  • Regulatory reform & social service innovation
  • Strategy, design, planning & implementation
  • Policy & process optimization


  • Executive Leadership Certificate, New South Wales Public Service
  • Advanced Legal Practice Management Certificate, Government and In-house Lawyers
  • Bar Admission: Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor, University of New South Wales Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours Sociology and Law), University of New Brunswick