Karen Copeland CEO

Karen has enjoyed a professional career in both the public and private sectors as a senior executive in both Human Services and the Information Technology Industry. With extensive board experience, Karen brings business, financial and governance skills to Horse Shed ‘n’ Bed.

Karen is currently based in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, on a small property focused on performance horse breeding and young horse management. Karen also, has the pleasure of co-owning Corelli – Oldenburg stallion, with Dr Ellie Burnett; successfully campaigned by Ruslan Petkov and Chevy Hoskins in NSW.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work, MBA and Master of Environment, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ali Geeves COO

Ali has extensive experience in sales and marketing in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Customer service has played a major factor in Ali’s career and has led her to the national committee position of Secretary of The Irish Draught and Sport Horse Society of Australia Inc. In this role, Ali has taken a small horse breed society into the world of social media and information technology; designing and running a website and social media pages, on a daily basis, along with the operations of the society.

Ali attended University of Queensland, Gatton campus, where she studied a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Equine Science. This avenue of study has put her in touch with a number of leading professionals in the equestrian industry, particularly, eventing.

Ali, with her husband and young daughter, runs a small horse property in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, focusing on the Irish Draught / Irish Sport Horse breed.


Laura Thomas Board Member

Laura is employed by Bain & Company a global consultancy firm providing advice professional service advice and career coaching to clients across ANZ. She has a diverse background including working in the Banking Sector, Executive Search and Assessment Sector and the Automotive Industry. Laura holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and is a qualified in Executive Coaching and Leadership.

As an active Board member, Laura brings global experience in professional services, finance and executive management skills to Horse Shed ‘n’ Bed.

Laura was an enthusiastic young rider and has a lifelong love of all riding disciplines, although now mainly enjoys pleasure riding with her daughter. She lives in Melbourne with her family and numerous pets.