Karen Bonner, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Karen Bonner
Chief nurse & director for infection prevention & control
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Karen is the Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Karen has worked in a number of large and complex NHS organisations in London. She holds a diploma, a BSc (Hons) in Nursing, and an MSc in advanced practice leadership from Kings College University. She is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy Senior Leaders and Nye Bevan programme for aspiring directors. Karen was highly commended by the Nursing Times in 2019 for her work in diversity and inclusion. In 2022 her work with Helpforce, which seeks to bolster volunteering in health and social care, saw her recognised as a Burdett Hero by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. Karen is a member of the General Advisory Council at the King’s Fund. She was recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) in October 2021 and 2022 as one of the 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health and one of the top 10 in 2023. The Nursing Times recognised Karen as one of the 75 nurses who have positively shaped the NHS over the past 75 years. In a capacity as a volunteer, Karen works with Prostate Cancer UK. She is also a Trustee at Helpforce and a member of the Nurse Executive Council at the Beryl Institute whose work establishes a global community of practice on improving the patient experience. Karen is passionate and privileged to be a nurse.