About Us

Our Business

Established in 1994, Ditchfield Contracting is a privately owned civil and mining contractor based in New South Wales. We strive to continually create value for all clients through the safe, efficient and successful delivery of civil construction and mining services projects through our self-perform model.

Strong foundations with our clients combined with controlled company growth has allowed us to confidently deliver projects of increased complexity and value. Our desire is to be a partner of choice for clients who are looking for a contractor that will bring solutions and create value.

Our Values

•  Our number one value is integrity – always  •
  Our values are established and implemented from the top down  
  We demonstrate integrity and honesty through our actions  
  We want to create a standard of excellence  
  We strive to work collaboratively with our Clients to provide engineering solutions  
  We care about our Clients’ business in the same way we care about our business  

What Makes Us Different

Experienced people with a reputation of successful project delivery.

Our ability to self-perform. Our in-house services such as Earthworks; Survey; Drill and Blast; Drainage, Sewer, Water and Concrete; and Statutory Management of Mines.

Our culture – it connects our employees, drives our performance, and helps us achieve our key business goals. We want to own it, live it, and display it in every aspect of our work.

We want to bring the best out in our people and we see this by investing our time into their development and learning. Our people are part of our business and we encourage ownership of results.

Our continued investment in our Construction and Mining fleet as well as industry technology.

Our demonstrated responsiveness and our desire to continually improve.

Our experience across all forms of contracts including schedule of rates, fixed price, design and construct and alliancing.

Everyone in our organisation has something to contribute.

Our Senior Team

Ditchfield now employs over 150 people. Heading up our team is our dynamic senior management group. They strive to bring innovation and cohesion to the contractor/client relationship to ensure we deliver results for all key stakeholders.

Warren Ditchfield

Managing Director
Warren spent many years working for Tier 1 civil contractors before working for the family business and then in June 1994, launched Ditchfield Contracting Pty Ltd. He has some 37 years' experience in civil construction. Warren's leadership qualities combined with his extensive knowledge of plant capability, applications and the industry has provided the guidance and support that has enabled the company to grow and excel. He has built sustained and strong Client partnerships and collaboration through his demonstrated integrity, business acumen and his personal commitment to providing the best level of service possible.

David McGrath

General Manager - Civil Construction
Holding a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering Dave is responsible for the ongoing management, development and successful delivery of civil projects throughout the business. Having worked on a series of Pacific Highway upgrade projects almost continuously since 2004 Dave has extensive experience in both structures and earthworks at project management level. These works provided opportunity to manage design and construct process on a large scale. During his 20+ years in the industry Dave has also worked for smaller contractors which has allowed him to gain significant experience in subdivision work.

Reece Palmer

Regional Manager – Newcastle & Hunter
With over 20 years’ experience in the civil construction industry, Reece brings to the company a strong focus on project management, earthworks and blasting disciplines. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Project Management, Reece prides himself on his proven ability to innovate and provide project solutions. He has successfully delivered road, rail and mine infrastructure projects on both the east coast of Australia and also in remote areas of Western Australia. Reece always maintains a Client focus and believes that relationships are built on performance.

Ryan Millwarde

Regional Manager Northern NSW
Ryan has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. He is responsible for the ongoing management, development and successful delivery of civil projects throughout the company’s Northern NSW coastal region. Having worked and lived in the UK and Africa, Ryan brings unique and diverse experience to the business. He has successfully managed numerous projects for the company ranging from local subdivisions and road projects through to large state significant infrastructure. Ryan has experience across a broad range of industry disciplines such as roads, rail, dams, mining and infrastructure projects with a strong background in projects administered under various contract models. Ryan believes that successful Projects are an outcome of maintaining Client relationships and working collaboratively to deliver them.

Mark Wilkin

Plant Manager
Mark is a qualified Plant Mechanic with over 25 years experience in Plant Maintenance. Mark has an extensive range of skills having worked in both product and technical support for Komatsu Australia and as Maintenance Manager and Operations Manager for Abigroup on large scale construction projects. Mark monitors repairs and routine inspections of our substantial plant fleet and reviews project programs to deliver maximum productivity of equipment and ensure project objectives are met.

John Bowen

Manager Mining Engineering
John joined Ditchfield in 2011 in the statutory role of Manager of Mining Engineering for our Stratford operation incorporating the mining of the Roseville Extension and Bowens Road North pits. John’s primary role is to oversee and manage the safe and efficient operation of our production, maintenance, drill and blast and pumping crews. The mine is managed in accordance with Ditchfield’s Health and Safety Management System and John’s management and focus on risk management systems, efficient planning and a clear understanding of the requirements for a safe and productive mine are key contributors to our successful running of the Stratford operation. John has over 35 years’ experience in the mining sector having worked for major mining companies.

Nathan Robinson

Survey Manager
Nathan brings a broad cross-section of Survey skills to Ditchfield from his involvement in multi-billion dollar civil, building and agricultural projects throughout New South Wales, Queensland and the United Kingdom. During his career he has managed several departments and branch offices, gaining a high level of experience in budgeting, team leadership and client relations. Nathan is the Chief Pilot for Ditchfield UAV operations and is instrumental in implementing new technologies to not only the Company's in-house survey team but company wide to continuously improve safety, productivity and revenue.​

Get In Touch

Port Macquarie Office

6/147 Gordon Street,
Port Macquarie NSW

Tuncurry - Head Office

8 Dee Crescent,
Tuncurry NSW 2428

Newcastle Office

Unit 8 / 12 Channel Road,
Mayfield West NSW 2304

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