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.
David joined the Board of Directors as a non-executive independent director in October 2019 and was elected Chair in January 2020.
He is a Senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the finance, investment banking and construction industries having held many senior roles including at the Bank of Tokyo, Transfield Holdings and Leighton Contractors (now CIMIC). David brings significant commercial and financial expertise in relation to major landmark construction projects, including PPPs and privatised infrastructure, across a wide range of industry sectors including transport, power, telecommunications, building, mining and social infrastructure.
David holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration (B.Fin.Admin.), Diploma of Economic Statistics (Dip. Econ.Stats.) and Master of Economics (M.Ec.) from University of New England and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Melbourne. David is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).