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Karen Forrester

TGI Fridays

Karen joined TGI Fridays UK in 2007 as Managing Director. Now CEO, Karen has overseen a revival of the brand in the last nine years, which has seen it grow to 76 restaurants in the UK and win a number of industry awards. Karen implemented a people-led strategy, investing heavily in team members and training. This approach has delivered significant results with TGI Fridays being named ‘Best Big Company to Work for in the UK’ in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for 2015. Karen is overseeing ambitious growth for the brand which will see the chain grow to over 82 restaurants by the end of 2017. Karen worked for Mitchell & Butler for 17 years and Laurel Pubs as MD for three years, before joining Fridays. Karen has an HNC in Management Studies from Napier University and a MBA from Edinburgh University.

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