Julia is the daughter of the late Peter Ward, who founded the business back in 1973. In her role as CEO, Julia overseas all elements of the business and drives a culture that focuses on maintaining positive long-term relationships with clients, employees, suppliers, subcontractors, and other valued partners. She is ultimately responsible for the successful delivery of projects, encompassing the Ward safety culture, careful project planning, proactive stakeholder relations, and sound risk management. Julia has been a key member of the Ward executive and leadership team since 2014 in her capacity as CFO and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since her late father’s passing in 2008.
Prior to joining Ward in an executive capacity, Julia spent 9 years in investment banking, having worked in Mergers & Acquisitions and general corporate advisory at Deutsche Bank, Investec Bank and Moelis & Company. During her time as an investment banker, Julia advised publicly-listed companies on deals in excess of $12 billion, encompassing buy-side, sell-side, equity capital and debt restructuring mandates.
Julia holds a B.Com LLB (Hons I) from the University of Sydney and is an admitted Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Chief Operations Officer
A civil engineer by profession, Brian has 30 years of experience in the successful delivery of challenging civil infrastructure projects in the UK, South East Asia and throughout Australia. Brian has a strong focus on effective risk management and a passion for improving safety outcomes in our industry. Brian’s core aim is to ensure our clients’ needs are met or exceeded on each project that Ward undertakes.
Prior to joining Ward, Brian was the Chief Engineer at Hutchison Ports, Australia, overseeing their infrastructure investment in Brisbane and Sydney Container Terminals as well as the Enfield Intermodal Terminal. Brian has also held the role of General Manager of Construction at Water Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd and prior to that, spent 9 years at McConnell Dowell as a Project Manager and as the QLD Regional Manager.
Brian brings to Ward a wide range of experience in the delivery of challenging infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas, on both the client and contractor side, for a variety of proponents including State and Federal Government and the private sector.
Don joined Ward in January 2014 and oversees all operational and resource issues related to Ward projects. In his role as Operations Manager, he is responsible for resources within the business, tender methodology, constructability and staging reviews, as well as managing remediation, contaminated material processes and key client project interfaces.
Don is a civil engineer by profession and has over 25 years of experience in the successful management of civil construction projects. He specialises in pavements and roadworks, bulk earthworks, water and sewer pipelines, structural concrete, bridges and reservoirs.
Prior to joining Ward, Don was the Area Manager for Leighton Contractors’ Enfield Intermodal Terminal Project. During the early contractor phase of the $130 million project Don was responsible for the initial development of ground treatment solutions and pavement options. His role then progressed to an operational role, managing all aspects of the earthworks, pavements and roads. Don has also held senior project management positions for international airport and major motorway civil and structural projects in Australia and overseas.