Stuart Fraser has enjoyed a long career in the construction industry, having started work with Costain as a trainee in 1964. He remained there until 1997 and, by that time, had spent ten years on the board of their construction division, with operational responsibility for all their UK building activity, including the management and development of their Private Finance Initiative programme. In 1994 he led one of the first of these projects in the UK, an 800 place prison in Bridgend, South Wales followed by work at Kings College Hospital.
After a short spell at Shepherd Construction, he reverted to leading the construction of major projects and has been responsible for a number of landmark buildings in London over the past 17 years including University College Hospital in north central London, with Balfour Beatty, and the completion of Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
In 2008 he re-joined Balfour Beatty and, for 8 years, led projects on the Olympic Park including the delivery of the London Aquatics Centre for London 2012, its legacy conversion and the transformation of the Olympic Stadium.
Stuart retired from full time employment in early 2016 although he remains very active and is currently working with another major UK contractor, as well as a leading specialist trade contractor.
He takes a keen interest in regeneration and, as well as playing a major part in the re-development of Stratford through his work on the Olympic Park, has been a director of Groundwork Kent and Medway, a charitable trust involved with environmental and community regeneration. Some years ago he served a term on the national board of Groundwork UK.
Through his work with LB Newham on the Olympic Park, he was invited to become involved in the development of programmes that encourage young people into construction and he is chair of a steering group helping to deliver an initiative sponsored by Lloyds Bank in the borough. He was also Deputy Chair and business representative of the Government’s Area Review of the FE sector in the east London sub-region.
Stuart lives in east London and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.