Ward was founded by the late Peter Ward. Operations commenced in March 1973 as Bass Civil Engineering, with deep excavation and shoring contracts in the Sydney CBD. Major projects completed in the 1970s include Westmead Hospital (1974 – 1979) and diversion tunnels in Mangrove Mountain (1978). In 1979, Bass Civil Engineering became Ward Civil Engineering.


In the 1980s, Ward began civil engineering works as the head contractor for numerous Government departments and private clients. In 1980 Ward opened its first Newcastle office serving the surrounding Hunter region of NSW. Major works in the 1980s include Australian Parliament House, Canberra (1984 – 1992), Darling Harbour and Circular Quay (1985 – 1988) and World Square (1987).


During the 1990s, Ward continued as a contractor specialising in civil engineering projects for both private and Government clients, while also expanding its operations to include marine works, remediation and specialist works. Ward completed several high-profile projects during the 1990s, including works at Sydney Olympic Park precinct (1992 – 2000), the Caltex Refinery (1994), Cadia Mine in Orange NSW (1996) and the M5 motorway shafts and roadworks (1999).


By the 2000s, Ward had developed strong capabilities in civil engineering, remediation, ground engineering and plant hire. It was during this decade that the business name was changed to Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering. In this decade Ward also commenced its capabilities in airport works, an area which remains a source of great pride today. A variety of works at Sydney Airport took place from 2001 – 2008. Additional major works undertaken during the 2000s include projects at the ANSTO Reactor at Lucas Heights (2002), Erskine Park for Bluescope Steel (2006), SCG Hill Grandstand (2007), Greystanes SEL Development (2007), Hallett 4 Wind Farm (2009) and Royal North Shore Hospital (2009).

2008 saw the sudden passing of Ward’s founder – Peter Ward. At the time of Peter’s death, Ward had emerged from its Sydney CBD excavation beginnings to become a respected, diversified and multi-faceted civil and environmental engineering service contractor.


This decade saw many high calibre projects completed by Ward, including extensive works at Sydney Airport, numerous road infrastructure and utilities works for Transport for NSW, $75 million worth of enabling works for Transport for NSW on its Parramatta Light Rail project (2018 – 2020), $65 million worth of site preparation works at the St Peters Interchange for the WestConnex project (2015 – 2016) and the $80 million ‘top-down’ bulk excavation of contaminated materials (using an Australian first methodology) for Lendlease as part of its delivery of the Crown Sydney development at Barangaroo (2017 – 2019). In 2018 Ward won the Master Builders Australia National Award (National Civil /Infrastructure Project under $25 million) for its McCarrs Creek Road Upgrade project at Church Point.


The 2020s saw Ward continue to grow its portfolio within the civil infrastructure space, including a key role in Transport for NSW’s Easing Sydney Congestion Program, major infrastructure upgrades at Sydney International Airport and a range of works as part of the Sydney Metro light rail developments. In 2020 Ward Utilities was created as a separate division within Ward. This division focuses on delivering comprehensive, accurate and quality data to clients from the early, investigative stages of major projects, alongside the use of our dry vacuum excavation trucks. In 2020 Ward also introduced the operation of its own in-house traffic management business, thereby adding a further component to Ward’s “whole of project” lifecycle solution for its clients. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 Ward was named the “Large Civil Construction Business of the Year” by the Master Builders Association as part of its National Business Leadership Awards. In partnership with Ventia and AECOM, Ward also now undertakes Special Projects and TAMP works as part of the Sydney Roads Asset Performance (SRAP) Contract for the Parklands Zone of NSW. This includes the maintenance of 849km of roads throughout regional NSW. With a clear growth plan and a well-defined company strategy building on its history, Ward is looking forward to the next stage of its corporate evolution.

At Ward we live by our core company values of superior client service, innovation, staff care and safety.

Superior client service//

We are motivated to work hard for the benefit of our clients. We understand the importance of client and contractor relationships.

Ward delivers consistent, exceptional client care. Our clients choose Ward because we work in a professional and collaborative manner. We are known for the high quality of our work on the projects we deliver.


Ward has the inherent capacity to address complex situations for clients with smart, innovative solutions.

We are continually reviewing our processes and are early adopters of new technologies.

Staff care//

At Ward our proven care of and commitment to our employees means everyone shares a sense of ownership of the company’s success and a true sense of belonging.

We are committed to the training and development of our loyal, experienced and dedicated team. Our training programs include on-the-job training and firm-wide employee certifications, particularly with respect to safety.

Senior management//

Julia WardChief Executive Officer

In her role as CEO, Julia overseas all elements of the business and drives a culture focusing 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 careful project planning, proactive stakeholder relations, a culture of safety and sound risk management. Julia has been a key member of the Ward executive and leadership team since 2015, initially as Chief Financial Officer. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.

Prior to joining Ward in an executive capacity, Julia spent nine years in investment banking, working in Mergers & Acquisitions and general corporate advisory at Deutsche Bank and Investec Bank. 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.

Brian MahonChief Operating Officer

Brian joined Ward in late 2014 and oversees Ward’s Corporate Operations division, encompassing new business and estimating, corporate and project services and Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ). Brian plays a key role in developing client relationships and identifying key strategic pursuits for Ward. He also leads Ward’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, which include Ward’s Reconciliation Plan (RAP) and several community partnerships.

A civil engineer by profession, Brian has 35 years 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 and diversity outcomes in our industry.

Prior to joining Ward, Brian was the Chief Engineer at Hutchison Ports, Australia, overseeing its infrastructure investment in the 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 spent nine years at McConnell Dowell as a Project Manager and as the QLD Regional Manager.

Adrian GenioConstruction Manager

Adrian joined Ward in March 2006. He oversees the delivery and construction of Ward projects. In his role as Construction Manager, Adrian provides leadership to Project Managers and supports the delivery of major projects. Adrian is ultimately responsible for monitoring construction projects from design to completion and mentoring junior staff. 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 almost two decades of experience in the successful management of civil construction projects. 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.

Dave CondonConstruction Manager

Dave re-joined Ward in November 2016 after previous employment in the business between August 2005 and September 2012. In his role as Construction Manager, Dave is responsible for the coordination of the delivery of Ward projects. He places a strong focus on client communication to ensure the smooth delivery of projects and routinely provides clients with value added solutions when challenges arise. Dave prides himself on providing additional support to the delivery of projects where there are increases in scope or where deadlines have been brought forward by clients.

Dave is a degree-qualified civil engineer with over 18 years’ experience working on construction projects across Australia. He has experience across multiple sectors and services, including bulk excavations, remediation, city excavations, pavements, utilities, airports, ports and subdivisions.

Jack Cahill General Manager, Traffic Management & Ward Utilities

Jack joined Ward in April 2014 as a Project Engineer. Since then, he has graduated to Project Manager, then Construction Manager and now he is General Manager of Ward Utilities and Ward’s traffic management business. Jack oversees business development, operations, commercial and HSEQ functions, as well as the successful delivery of projects across Ward Utilities, Ward Plant and Ward’s traffic management business.

Jack’s deep understanding of traffic management and staging for road projects is invaluable. He is experienced in complex utility adjustment and relocation works in brownfield environments, including design review, subsurface mapping and construction staging and methodologies. Jack brings a strong interest in innovation, digital engineering and the adoption of emerging technologies to the broader Ward team, helping to drive improved safety, efficiency and performance in infrastructure delivery.

Richard GilesRemediation Manager

Richard is a General Certified Environmental Practitioner who has worked in contaminated land management for over 20 years. He has conducted treatability trials to support successful NSW EPA immobilisation approvals and has provided industry-leading knowledge to many Ward projects. Richard is licensed to use portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) radiation apparatus for analysis, and to supervise asbestos works.

Richard holds a MSc and BTech (Env Geochem).


Ward is a multi-disciplined, full-service civil & environmental engineering contractor with a history of over 50 years. We are proud of the service we provide our clients, our commitment to safety on all our projects and the team-focused culture of our organisation.

Our capabilities are extensive and multifaceted, including roads, airports, ports, pavements, utilities and bulk earthworks, as well as contamination remediation, marine and wastewater. We work very closely with our clients, providing tailored services and value-add solutions to nurture the most complex projects to completion on time and on budget. Our commitment to the environment, sustainability, diversity, inclusion and the safety of all people on our sites is paramount.

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