Executive Team

Our Executive Team is at the core of every project, design and build. Read more about our team below:

John Kennett – Group Chair

John was sole owner and Managing Director of Kennett Builders from 1992 to 2018, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie in previous years. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years in numerous roles within the business, starting out as a sub-contracted carpenter. John ran the South East branch from 1977 – 1981, which kicked off a long-standing relationship with Mt Gambier that continues today. John is a past President of the Master Builders Association of SA and currently sits on the B.I.R.S.T Board and the Master Builders Association of SA Executive Committee. John’s now Group Chair for the Kennett Group.

James Kennett – Executive Director, Corporate & Strategy

James Kennett was appointed Executive Director, Corporate & Strategy in 2018 and is responsible for all marketing, business development, new business, registrations of interest, strategic planning and IT & communications. After 13 years working in retail and banking, James returned to Kennett Builders in 2001 and spent 2 years as Project Manager before becoming Senior Estimator. Since then James has built strong relationships with many clients and consultants, sharing his time between estimating and the organic growth of the business. James has a passion for architecturally significant buildings and has previously served on the Contracts committee for the Master Builders Association of SA and the State Government’s BIM working committee. James studied Construction Technology and Design.

Scott Kennett – Managing Director

Scott Kennett was appointed Managing Director of Kennett Pty Ltd in 2018 and oversees the entire construction side of the business. After working in both Melbourne and London with category one builders, Scott returned to Kennett Builders in 2007 as Senior Project Manager. In 2010, Scott progressed to Construction Manager and has since steadily grown the construction team. Scott is a stickler for detail and brings a great deal of experience in project delivery timeframes. He enjoys working closely with clients to achieve the best outcome on all projects.

Phil Hole – Chief Operating Officer

Phil joined Kennett Pty Ltd in January 2011, after moving out from England with his family. Beginning as Contract Manager, Phil’s broad skill base was quickly recognised, and in 2013 he accepted the role of Estimating & Commercial Manager, shortly after also becoming part of the Executive Board. Now in the role of COO and the General Manager of Victoria, Phil’s hands-on approach and vast experience sees him managing the project and estimating teams, providing alternative construction methods, and key input on time and fiscal management. Phil will often challenge the project and subcontract teams from a client perspective – a trait that drives excellence and quality.

Tim Lang – Chief Financial Officer

After many years as a consultant at Kennett Builders, Tim has taken on the newly created Chief Financial Officer role. Tim’s background in quantity surveying and accounting makes him a strong leader of the financial department. Along with the Chief Operating Officer, Tim has refined our Construction and Fiscal procedures to benefit our staff and clients.

John Kennett, Group Chair

James Kennett, Executive Director, Corporate & Strategy

Scott Kennett, Managing Director

Phil Hole, Chief Operating Officer

Tim Lang, Chief Financial Officer