Karen’s career began in the insurance industry as an underwriter.  She moved into the family business in 1990 and has been involved with most of our housing developments, taking responsibility for sales and marketing and ensuring quality and high standards are maintained.

Now as the Managing Director of the D J Laing Group, Karen is responsible for the day to day running of our diverse divisions. She leads and guides all decision making and implementation, including growth and operational strategy, as well as business and financial management and planning.

Known for her strong work ethic, Karen is driven and focused on managing the family business to produce a quality product and service.

She is highly experienced in the property and house building sectors – from design to completion – and adept at business management. With her great attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills Karen has a desire to continuously improve.

Qualifications include an ILM Level 5 Award in Management and CITB  Site Safety Managers’ Training.

In the community, Karen is a member of Carnoustie High School’s Developing Young Workforce Steering Group, a former member of the Carnoustie Development Group and Carnoustie Business Improvement District. She is a current Director of the Scottish Building Federation and former President of the SBF Dundee and Angus Association.

Karen Nicoll's Highlights


I have known Karen for almost 20 years. I have always found Karen to be very professional in my dealings with her with a sound knowledge of their business and its changing needs. Karen is very approachable and fair to deal with operating in what can be a very competitive and difficult industry. Karen also takes a keen industry in the local community of Carnoustie and puts plenty back in which in today's busy life is excellent to see.

Andrew Watson

Karen was pivotal in ensuring DJ Laing built the best quality homes in the area, showed attention to detail, but was pragmatic and a good leader.

Iain Cathro

Karen is highly professional and has great attention to quality and detail that goes into building quality homes and is truly focused on offering excellent value.

Gary Miller

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