UKCW London: 7-9 May | ExCeL
UKCW Birmingham: 1-3 October | NEC


Karen Shanks

Karen Shanks

Strategic & Business Transformation Director, Lighthouse

Karen’s early career included five years in the Royal Air Force and twelve years supporting SMEs and start-ups across multiple sectors. Karen’s first move into the offsite arena was as part of the management team that set up ilke Homes in 2017. She has also worked as an Industry Advisor with Buildoffsite and assisted various smaller offsite manufacturers in their strategic approach and business improvement practices. Karen joined NU living (the trading name for Swan New Homes, part of the Swan Housing Group) in January 2021 as Strategic Director for the offsite arm of the business, becoming Managing Director in November. NU living’s first factory has produced over 250 volumetric homes to date, using CLT; with operations in the second factory due to start in the latter part of 2022, using a steel-framed system. Swan is a non-for-profit organisation focussed on regenerating communities and creating great places to call home.


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