Kari Stephens

Kari Stephens

Director I Strategic Advisory

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About

Professional Summary

Kari is a highly skilled development consultant with extensive experience in urban planning, property development and project management.  She has coordinated and lead a wide range of development projects across the state across all asset classes, including residential, tourism, commercial, mixed uses and industrial.

She has extensive experience with developers, land owners, real estate professionals, builders, community groups, local councils and state government agencies. 

With a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, Kari’s working experience spans 20+ years, and covers State and local government, as well as private sector consulting.

Kari is outcome-focused and creative.  She enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams and working on complex, multi-faceted projects where her innovative ideas, communication and organisational skills can shine.

She specialises in pre-acquisition guidance and feasibilities, strategic advice, concept design and approval management

Accomplishments

Prior to joining Colliers, Kari was a director and owner in a development consulting business, working with development clients to achieve built-form and land-based approvals, as well as master plans, strategic advices and best use land use assessments.

Her private and corporate clients have included Aussie World, Walter Iezzi Property Group, Spicers Retreats, Badderam Eco Luxe Resort, Star Hotel Group, OzCon Engineering, and Associated Grain.

She has been a Board Member and Treasurer of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast and was a Tribunal Referee for the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee for three years. She has also acted as an expert witness in the Planning and Environment Court.

Kari is also a past winner of the UDIA Women in Development ‘Outstanding Achievement in Strategic Management Award’.

Education

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Univeristy of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts (Communications), Univerity of Central Queensland

Memberships & Involvements

Colliers International is committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. For almost 15 years we have partnered with United Way, Community Funds of Australia, to deliver a national Community Care Program.

Kari has been involved in Surf Lifesaving (Alexandra Headland SLSC)  since 2003, as a trainer, assessor, patrol captain and competitor. During this time, she has held a number of committee positions and received several awards including Instructor of the Year and Most Outstanding Patrol Caption.

Testimonials

Kari is a well respected and knowledgeable town planner who is able to deal with complex development matters in a highly professional and timely manner. She is able to achieve well balanced planning outcomes; and is able to think 'outside the box'. I have known Kari for some 12 years and would recommend her expertise to anyone who fairly seeks it. Cheryl Sisson, Executive Trainer at The Planning Academy

I have dealt with Kari for more than 10 years. I am always impressed by her technical expertise and her ability to translate that into practical, cost effective advice. Michael Beirne, Director at Barclay Beirne Lawyers

Kari Stephens is a highly regarded development industryprofessional. She has that unique blend of experience and creativity matched by a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. Kari comes with my highest recommendation. Peppi Bueti,  Director at Queensland Advertising and Public Relations 

I have found Kari to be a consummate professional in her fields of expertise including liquor licensing, development applications, town planning, and expert evidence in court appeals. Based on my experiences over many years of association, it is always a pleasure doing business with her, and I have no hesitiation in recommending Kari and her team - Brett Thomson,  Director at Contour Consulting Engineers

Services

Skills
Property Management
Service Lines
Strategic Advisory
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