Dr Karen Vaughan is well known for her cross-field research and thought leadership as a former Chief Researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Her work has been influential in initiatives such as Vocational Pathways and STAR, and internationally in career guidance and practice-based learning. Recently she has focused on future-of-work, leading the development of an analytics tool to support apprenticeship completion, and a “vocational thresholds” model of capability. Karen is currently a Director on the Board of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Limited and a community advisor to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.