The Team

Ron Harris

Founder and Civil Engineer

Diploma Civil Engineering RMIT

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Ron has 50 years experience in the civil engineering industry, starting at the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of works in design. Following this, Ron worked in the private consulting industry for Scott and Furphy Engineers. In 1968 he joined forces with a contractor and started Walsh Bros and Harris. From here they specialised in open cut sewer construction in water bearing ground. In 1994 he transferred the business into rehabilitation adopting the Pipe Bursting Technique, seeing the requirement to renew old sewers. In this time he has led Harris Civil to become the largest owner operators of Pneumatic Pipe bursting equipment in Australia. Ron spends a lot of time refining tools to adapt to all working environments. He even recently designed the first 800mm pipe bursting expander used in Australia for a CWW failed liner replacement. 


Josh Harris

Director and Projects Manager

Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of International Trade

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Josh has been in the civil construction industry since 1999. He began at Harris Civil in a finance administration role and learnt all aspects of the company. He has managed rehabilitation projects by pipe bursting for pipe diameters ranging from 100mm to 800mm. He is fully in touch with the day to day running and capabilities of the business and has a hands on approach. Recently, he has managed the South Gippsland Water and City West Water contracts. He has overseen the upsizing and pipe bursting of small and large diameter (225mm to 800mm) pipework in these regions under live conditions.  Included in this is the planning, management and implementation of flow control. Josh holds tickets in machine operation, spotter, laser safety, trenching and shoring, first aid, rigging, white card, CSE and pipe laying.


Toby Harris

Director and Operations Manager

Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of International Trade

Graduate Certificate Risk Management

Toby has been in the civil construction industry since 1999. He commenced employment at Harris Civil for the implementation of the CCF Integrated Management system in 2000.  This gave Toby a full understanding of the business from tendering, purchasing, managing construction, and OH&S. Now he is extremely hands on in the day to day operations, managing clients, stakeholders and customer service. He has a policy of getting it right first time to ensure quality and customer satisfaction. Currently he manages the YVW works and developer works. He has extensive knowledge in pipe bursting and conventional open cut of sewers, water and storm water. He too has had experience with all diameters of pipework.  Toby holds tickets in machine operation, spotter, laser safety, trenching and shoring, first aid, lifting competency, white card, CSE, environmental awareness and pipe laying.


Hedley Braham

Project Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering

Hedley is a qualified Engineer who has a wealth of experience within the water and sewer industry. Having started within the industry in 2010, Hedley has worked across many projects within Greater Melbourne for all Metropolitan Water Authorities as well as a sub contractor for many tier 1 contractors. On these projects, Hedley has been heavily involved from tender to completion. Having also worked within the coal seam gas industry Hedley has recently brought his experience to Harris Civil to help project manage and to continually develop the safety and management systems to ensure Harris Civil continue to be at the forefront in our field. Hedley possesses considerable knowledge of sewer and water construction gained through onsite experience that means he will continue be a valued member in all aspects of the business whether that is on site or in the office.