Kara Stuart
Kara Stuart, CEO, Collen Construction.

– Kara Stuart to assume leadership of the company to oversee national and international expansion

Collen Construction has announced that it has appointed Kara Stuart as the company’s first chief executive officer (CEO) after the completion of a strategic review of the business.

Kara Stuart, who has been with the business since 2006, takes up the role and will lead the management team through the next phase of Collen’s growth. The appointment marks an important juncture as the company builds out an experienced executive management team to strengthen the management of the company to facilitate further growth both at home and internationally.


Tommy Drumm, Managing Director, Collen, will work alongside Kara Stuart to progress the company’s development plans.

Commenting on the appointment, Neil Collen, Chairman, Collen, said, “Collen has a long and proud tradition in the construction industry stretching over the last two centuries. We, as a board, looked at how we can help ensure that we are well-positioned strategically to grow further and strengthening our management is a key component of that. Following the review and a selection process, we are pleased to have appointed Kara to lead the management team at this critical time”.

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About Kara Stuart

Kara Stuart is a chartered company secretary and governance professional. She will have overall control of the company, with sector leads reporting directly to her. During her 17 years with Collen, she has seen the business transform from a much smaller general contracting company with separate property development and design/engineering capabilities to the large tier-one general contractor it is today.

Remarking on her appointment, Kara Stuart commented, “I am looking forward to leading Collen into the next phase of its development and guiding a team of talented executives both here and in our international offices. Along with my appointment, we have added to our executive strength with senior appointments in HR/People and Safety positions that are now importantly elevated to the executive level. I am genuinely delighted with the appointment and look forward to working with everyone – colleagues, clients and suppliers, in my new role.”

Stuart’s appointment is a milestone for the industry and demonstrates that capable individuals can reach their full potential in the construction industry, regardless of gender.

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