Kate Harris

President | CEO | Chair

Harris_Kate-12.jpgKate Harris, President, CEO, and Chair of Stanley Consultants, has 25 years of international experience in the construction, engineering and consulting industry. Stanley Consultants provides engineering, environmental, and construction services at over 30 offices worldwide. Founded in 1913, the firm has completed engagements in all 50 states and 110 countries, and is ranked among the largest engineering companies in the United States.

Kate was elected Chair of the Board in 2018.


Harris graduated with a First-Class Honors degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of the West of England in 1993. She has also completed the Advanced Management and Intellectual Property programs from Harvard.


Harris has a broad range of contractor, client and consultant experience encompassing strategy development, risk management, building high performing teams, developing client relationships and profitably growing businesses.

Most recently Harris provided board and executive advisory services following her global Commercial Officer role with MWH Global (now part of Stantec). During her 17-year tenure with the firm, she is credited with integrating service lines and setting global policy, performance measures and business practices. She developed the firm’s first global innovation practice and developed and deployed a corporate-wide technology strategy, establishing change management framework across functions to drive collaboration and communication to improve the firm’s portfolio and performance. She also led the firm’s program management and management consulting practices across the United States, Latin America and Canada. 


Harris’ recent focus was on developing and executing business transformation and performance improvement strategies, including positioning and winning of strategic pursuits, leadership of MWH’s Pune-based design and support services hub and development of global design strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the firm’s 1,750 employees across 78 locations worldwide. 

An active advocate of talent development, she continues to mentor upcoming generations of leaders.