Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
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.
Steve re-joined Ward in May 2017 after previously being with the company between 1987 through to 1991 and 1996 through to 2011. He is General Manager – Earthworks and Remediation and will be tasked with the pricing and delivery of projects within this are of the companies operations.
Steve is a degree qualified Civil Engineer (Hons I) whom has 30 years of Civil Contracting experience. He has worked for companies at Tier 1, 2 and 3 level but predominantly Tier 2. Commencing as a Cadet Engineer, he has progressively fulfilled the roles of Site Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Manager and Director over his working career.
He has extensive experience in all areas of Civil Contraction including roads (RTA), many contracts both in metropolitan and rural locations, bridges (RTA), marine works breakwater construction/wharf construction/dredging, tunnels, airport pavements/lighting/ drainage, rail works, communication industry, petroleum industry, remediation (asbestos, hydrocarbon, heavy metals), demolition, city excavations, industrial/residential/electrical subdivisions, wind farms and quarry/mining.
Adrian joined Ward in March 2006 and oversees the delivery and construction of all Ward projects. In his role as Construction Manager, Adrian provides leadership to Project Managers and supports the delivery of all major projects. Adrian is ultimately responsible for the monitoring of construction projects right from design to completion and the mentoring of junior staff. As part of his role, Adrian develops appropriate construction methodologies and strategies; collaborates with designers, engineers, and other construction and building specialists; and interacts with key client personnel.
Adrian is a degree qualified civil engineer and has over 14 years of experience in the successful management of civil construction projects. He specialises in stabilisation and retention systems, city and bulk excavations, and pavements and underpinnings. Adrian has worked on projects right across Australia – from constructing wind farm towers in South Australia to working on the Brisbane North South Bypass Tunnel.
Wayne joined the Ward team in 1989 as a Site Engineer and has since progressed through the ranks as a Project Manager, Estimator, Senior Estimator and most recently, Estimating Manager. Over the years, Wayne has worked on tenders for a wide range of projects, including airport pavement and infrastructure works; road and highway upgrades for both NSW and ACT projects; windfarm civil works in South Australia, NSW, and Victoria; Department of Defence projects through NSW; major remediation projects; bulk excavation and shoring projects; tank farm projects; and other complex infrastructure projects.
In his role as Estimating Manager, Wayne oversees the team of Ward estimators.
Chief Financial Officer
Antonella was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ward in early 2017. Prior to commencing as CFO, Antonella spent more than 10 years in the Finance team working closely with the Ward project teams and other stakeholders of the business. During her time at Ward, Antonella has developed a detailed understanding of construction costing and forecasting processes, as well as cashflow management disciplines. More recently Antonella led the successful implementation of a new ERP construction software system and continues to strive for process improvement. She also has ultimate responsibility for the HR, IT and Insurance functions of the business.
Prior to joining Ward, Antonella gained experience working for a variety of different businesses including Selleys, Castrol and KPMG Peat Marwick.