Executive Team

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

John Kennett – Managing Director

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie, John became sole owner and Managing Director of Kennett Builders in 1992. 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.

James Kennett – Design Manager

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 – Construction Manager

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.

Stuart Allen – Chief Operating Officer

Stuart joined Kennett Builders in 1976 as a Construction Cadet. In late 1977, Stuart joined John in the South East and together ran Kennett Builders’ South East branch. Over his many years at Kennett Builders, Stuart has served as Site Manager, Project Manager and Construction Manager before taking on the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, to manage the growing needs of the business. Boasting extensive construction knowledge, Stuart’s renowned for his solution-orientated building techniques.

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 Commercial Manager, Tim has refined our Construction and Fiscal procedures to benefit our staff and clients.

Phil Hole – Commercial Manager and Estimating Manager

Phil joined Kennett Builders after moving out from England with his family. Starting off running the contracts, Phil’s broad skill base was quickly recognised and he took on the role of Commercial Manager. Phil’s hands on approach sees him assisting the construction team with alternative constructions methods and time and fiscal management. Like Scott, Phil will often challenge the construction and sub-contract teams from a client perspective – a trait that drives excellence and quality.

James and Scott Kennett with South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill
at the 2014 Master Builders Awards

“I regard this project as a standout success. I was struck by the professional environment established from the very beginning, the tidiness of the site and the disciplined commitment to safety. Kennett always acted in Resthaven’s best interests.”

David Norton
Resthaven Pt Elliot