Karen is the company’s Managing Director. She leads and guides all decision making and implementation, including growth and operational strategy, core objectives, as well as business and financial management and planning developments for the group. 

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, adept at business management and specialises in sales and customer service.

Karen has now been with D J Laing for over 29 years, having been involved with most of the housing developments from design to completion and is now involved in the day to day running of the diverse divisions, primarily responsible for ensuring quality and high standards are maintained.

Karen has great attention to detail, excellent problem-solving skills and a desire to continuously improve our products and achieve the best possible service. 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 having arranged her company insurance programme during most of that period. 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 interest in the local community of Carnoustie and puts plenty back in, which in today’s busy life, is excellent to see.

Andrew Watson, Regional Manager Director Scotland, PIB Limited

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, Commercial Manager, Robertson North Limited

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

Gary Miller, Owner, Millers

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