"We appreciated Rob and his team's local knowledge and contacts with the EA, SWW and Torbay Council. They quickly got up to speed on a complicated brownfield redevelopment and integrated seamlessly into our existing project team."

Jeremy HeathDevelopment DirectorMarmaduke Estates

Rob Ward


Bon viveur, adopted Devonian, award winning semi-professional photographer (well, I won some Amazon vouchers a few years ago), Exeter Chiefs fan, hypocrite (spent years flying around the world advising on sustainable development),  married and proud father of four daughters.

After 20 years of working for multi-national consultant engineers, I decided I needed a new challenge. And after speaking to a number of friends who were keen to share a view, there seemed to be an overwhelming consensus that work and life could be more enjoyable if I helped set up a small regional civil engineering consultancy.

So, here we are!

Over the years I have worked on a wide variety of civil engineering projects including new trunk road schemes, city centre redevelopments, airports, dams and reservoirs, energy from waste plants, major commercial and office developments and helped deliver many thousands of new houses through the planning process. I’ve also acted as Expert Witness on flooding and drainage issues.

I have worked overseas on a number of large development projects predominantly in India, South East Asia and the Middle East where I’ve gained extensive experience of providing sustainable infrastructure solutions to support developing masterplans. I have led teams providing flood risk, transport, urban design, waste and sustainable energy strategies for proposed new cities and major urban redevelopment projects.

However, I've found that I get the most satisfaction from seeing well-designed developments come to fruition; places where I'd like to live or work or play. Hopefully we are leaving a legacy of those across the south west.

Although I have overall responsibility for the financial performance of AWP, I try to maintain a hands-on approach and act as Project Director on a number of commissions. One of the parts of the job that I enjoy the most is developing and maintaining our key client relationships with the aim of securing the long term growth of AWP. 


BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering
CEng - Chartered Engineer
CWEM - Chartered Water and Environmental Manager

Professional Memberships

FICE - Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
FCIWEM - Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Managers