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Karen Purves is a chartered town planner employed as Principal Planner of Local Development Plans at East Ayrshire Council. Karen has worked as a town planner in both development management and development planning and for a number of local authorities in Scotland within the CSGN area including Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council.

At East Ayrshire Karen oversees development planning, including the production of the minerals local development plan which has a focus on regeneration as a result of the scale of vacant and derelict land in the local authority area.

In her spare time, Karen paints under her maiden name, and is nearing completion of a part time art degree from Edinburgh College of Art.