Local Registration Services Association

Karen Lounton

Karen has worked in local government since 1987, with the early part of her career spent in Public Health and Trading Standards at Sunderland City Council.

Moving into local government finance in 1990, she then held various positions within the then City Treasurer's Department at Sunderland City Council for 19 years, eventually becoming Head of Recovery managing a large team of staff and overseeing the collection and recovery of Council Tax revenue.  A qualified member of the Institute of Rating, Revenues and Valuation, Karen sat on the Northern Counties board of the national IRRV association until 2009.

In 2009, a career change brought Karen to Registration Services at Sunderland City Council  taking the role of Deputy Registration Services Manager.  In 2012 she moved on to become Bereavement and Registration Services Manager with responsibility for Registration, Cemeteries and Crematoria and the Coroner Service in Sunderland.  

In 2019, Karen took up her current post of Service Manager for Registration, Coroner and Archive Services at Northumberland County Council.  She is Proper Officer for Registration at Northumberland County Council, the North East regional representative on the National Panel for Registration, and also sits on the LRSA Board as Secretary.


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