Leadership team


CEO Inland Rail Richard Wankmuller

Richard Wankmuller was appointed to the role of CEO Inland Rail in April 2018 and oversees the delivery of both the development and construction elements of Inland Rail.

Richard has more than 35 years’ senior management experience in both the private and public sectors, including significant time in CEO and Managing Director roles, and has held both executive and non-executive Director positions with some of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies, including Cardno, GHD and Parsons.

Although having lived in Australia for some years, Richard’s time in the USA and Europe has added a global perspective to his approach to the planning, financing, design and delivery of large infrastructure projects and programs. He has helped clients develop and deliver more than $25 billion worth of infrastructure programs across a wide variety of stakeholder interests, in many parts of the world.

Richard understands the vital nature that rail plays in Australia’s national supply chain. As the leader of this once-in-a-generation and Australia’s largest rail freight infrastructure project he recognises the key role that communities, ARTC’s customers, and a wide range of stakeholders play in shaping the success of Inland Rail.

Director, Public Private Partnership – Tony Lubofsky

Tony Lubofsky is the Director responsible for the technically challenging Gowrie to Kagaru (G2K) segment of Inland Rail, which is to be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Having led multiple successful projects over the past 20 years, Tony is one of the most experienced PPP directors in Australia. Prior to his current role, Tony was the Project Director responsible for the refranchising of the Melbourne metropolitan train and tram networks. That was preceded by a number of PPP project director roles covering both social and economic infrastructure.

Before taking on these roles, Tony spent eight years as a Director with KPMG Corporate Finance in Melbourne, which was preceded by several years practising commercial law.

While Tony's strong commercial background has allowed him to introduce numerous refinements to the complex legal and commercial arrangements affecting PPPs, he is equally passionate about using the PPP model to achieve outstanding design and sustainability outcomes.

Director, Finance Neil Burlison

Neil’s 30+ years’ professional experience, gained internationally and within Australia, spans the disciplines of international business, finance, accounting, commercial and ERP system implementation.

Neil’s career started with BP Plc in 1985 where he held a number of global senior Finance and Project leadership positions over 23 years, while based in the UK, the Middle East and Europe.

On leaving BP in 2009, Neil held the roles of Director, Company Secretary and CFO for ITS Energy Services, an oilfield service and rental business headquartered in the UK, before joining Origin Energy in Australia in 2011. As Origin’s Group Manager Finance, Neil was responsible for financial and management accounting, budgeting, and forecasting and planning for the $14 billion upstream Australia Pacific LNG project, before moving on to Sentinel Property Group where he established a resource investment fund.

Neil joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2017 as Director Finance for the Inland Rail Program, a $9.3 billion infrastructure project the Australian Government is delivering through the ARTC and in partnership with the private sector. He brings a wealth of operational and project management experience, and a proven track record of value-added performance delivery to the Program.

Neil graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Accounting Studies from Exeter University, England, holds an MBA from Brunel University, is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA), and attended MIT Sloan School of Management - Project Academy.

Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations Simon Eldridge

Simon Eldridge is the Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail Program, the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Simon joined ARTC in October 2016 and previously held a number of senior management and strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy development roles
in both the private and public sectors.

Simon supports project delivery though strategic management of relationships with key Government Ministers and senior officials as well as Federal and State MPs and key external stakeholders and organisations. He is focused on working with governments so policy frameworks support the timely delivery of Inland Rail and the realisation of the national economic and supply chain benefits that will flow once Inland Rail is operational.

Director, Asset Management – Tony Frazer

As Director, Asset Management, Tony is responsible for the provision of technical and engineering advice, project assurance, systems development and the integration of Inland Rail into the operating business.

Tony has over 39 years' experience in the maintenance, engineering, construction, asset management and railway operations spheres. Tony has been with ARTC since 2004 and has extensive senior manager experience throughout the organisation including the Hunter Valley and Interstate business units.

Director, Engagement, Environment & Property Rebecca Pickering

Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail’s community and stakeholder engagement, and property access and acquisition functions, and directing the Program’s environmental and social management area. Her remit covers Inland Rail’s entire 1,700km alignment comprising 13 individual projects across 37 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

A Chemical Engineer by background, Rebecca’s extensive experience was honed within the energy industry in both the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gas field operations, safety leadership, and reputation management.

Before joining ARTC Inland Rail in July 2018 Rebecca was with Origin Energy, where she led the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Director, Program Delivery – Brad Jackson

Brad joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2019 and, as Inland Rail’s Director of Program Delivery, is responsible for leading the Inland Rail Program team and overseeing the delivery of construction of the 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane alignment.

Brad is a Civil Engineer with a strong delivery and commercial focus, and more than 30 years’ experience. He has significant rail infrastructure development experience at Project Director and Business Unit General Manager level. Brad’s recent history is delivering a portfolio of major metro infrastructure projects in both Queensland and Victoria for various government authorities with differing types of contract delivery.


Chief of Staff – Brendan Nerdal
Brendan joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in February 2019 as Chief of Staff, supporting Inland Rail’s CEO, Richard Wankmuller, in overseeing the delivery of the Inland Rail Program.

Brendan brings extensive experience in the areas of fiscal policy, project and budget assurance, stakeholder relations and, for three years, was the Australian Government’s senior financial and planning advisor to the Solomon Island Government.

Brendan has held senior roles in the Australian Public Service across infrastructure, finance, social policy, agriculture, fisheries, and public sector transformation. He has also served as an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Director, Operations – Marnie Evans
Bio coming soon.



CEO Inland Rail Richard Wankmuller

Richard Wankmuller was appointed to the role of CEO Inland Rail in April 2018 and oversees the delivery of both the development and construction elements of Inland Rail.

Richard has more than 35 years’ senior management experience in both the private and public sectors, including significant time in CEO and Managing Director roles, and has held both executive and non-executive Director positions with some of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies, including Cardno, GHD and Parsons.

Although having lived in Australia for some years, Richard’s time in the USA and Europe has added a global perspective to his approach to the planning, financing, design and delivery of large infrastructure projects and programs. He has helped clients develop and deliver more than $25 billion worth of infrastructure programs across a wide variety of stakeholder interests, in many parts of the world.

Richard understands the vital nature that rail plays in Australia’s national supply chain. As the leader of this once-in-a-generation and Australia’s largest rail freight infrastructure project he recognises the key role that communities, ARTC’s customers, and a wide range of stakeholders play in shaping the success of Inland Rail.

Director, Public Private Partnership – Tony Lubofsky

Tony Lubofsky is the Director responsible for the technically challenging Gowrie to Kagaru (G2K) segment of Inland Rail, which is to be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Having led multiple successful projects over the past 20 years, Tony is one of the most experienced PPP directors in Australia. Prior to his current role, Tony was the Project Director responsible for the refranchising of the Melbourne metropolitan train and tram networks. That was preceded by a number of PPP project director roles covering both social and economic infrastructure.

Before taking on these roles, Tony spent eight years as a Director with KPMG Corporate Finance in Melbourne, which was preceded by several years practising commercial law.

While Tony's strong commercial background has allowed him to introduce numerous refinements to the complex legal and commercial arrangements affecting PPPs, he is equally passionate about using the PPP model to achieve outstanding design and sustainability outcomes.

Director, Finance Neil Burlison

Neil’s 30+ years’ professional experience, gained internationally and within Australia, spans the disciplines of international business, finance, accounting, commercial and ERP system implementation.

Neil’s career started with BP Plc in 1985 where he held a number of global senior Finance and Project leadership positions over 23 years, while based in the UK, the Middle East and Europe.

On leaving BP in 2009, Neil held the roles of Director, Company Secretary and CFO for ITS Energy Services, an oilfield service and rental business headquartered in the UK, before joining Origin Energy in Australia in 2011. As Origin’s Group Manager Finance, Neil was responsible for financial and management accounting, budgeting, and forecasting and planning for the $14 billion upstream Australia Pacific LNG project, before moving on to Sentinel Property Group where he established a resource investment fund.

Neil joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2017 as Director Finance for the Inland Rail Program, a $9.3 billion infrastructure project the Australian Government is delivering through the ARTC and in partnership with the private sector. He brings a wealth of operational and project management experience, and a proven track record of value-added performance delivery to the Program.

Neil graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Accounting Studies from Exeter University, England, holds an MBA from Brunel University, is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA), and attended MIT Sloan School of Management - Project Academy.

Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations Simon Eldridge

Simon Eldridge is the Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail Program, the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Simon joined ARTC in October 2016 and previously held a number of senior management and strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy development roles
in both the private and public sectors.

Simon supports project delivery though strategic management of relationships with key Government Ministers and senior officials as well as Federal and State MPs and key external stakeholders and organisations. He is focused on working with governments so policy frameworks support the timely delivery of Inland Rail and the realisation of the national economic and supply chain benefits that will flow once Inland Rail is operational.

Director, Asset Management – Tony Frazer

As Director, Asset Management, Tony is responsible for the provision of technical and engineering advice, project assurance, systems development and the integration of Inland Rail into the operating business.

Tony has over 39 years' experience in the maintenance, engineering, construction, asset management and railway operations spheres. Tony has been with ARTC since 2004 and has extensive senior manager experience throughout the organisation including the Hunter Valley and Interstate business units.

Director, Engagement, Environment & Property Rebecca Pickering

Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail’s community and stakeholder engagement, and property access and acquisition functions, and directing the Program’s environmental and social management area. Her remit covers Inland Rail’s entire 1,700km alignment comprising 13 individual projects across 37 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

A Chemical Engineer by background, Rebecca’s extensive experience was honed within the energy industry in both the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gas field operations, safety leadership, and reputation management.

Before joining ARTC Inland Rail in July 2018 Rebecca was with Origin Energy, where she led the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Director, Program Delivery – Brad Jackson

Brad joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2019 and, as Inland Rail’s Director of Program Delivery, is responsible for leading the Inland Rail Program team and overseeing the delivery of construction of the 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane alignment.

Brad is a Civil Engineer with a strong delivery and commercial focus, and more than 30 years’ experience. He has significant rail infrastructure development experience at Project Director and Business Unit General Manager level. Brad’s recent history is delivering a portfolio of major metro infrastructure projects in both Queensland and Victoria for various government authorities with differing types of contract delivery.


Chief of Staff – Brendan Nerdal
Brendan joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in February 2019 as Chief of Staff, supporting Inland Rail’s CEO, Richard Wankmuller, in overseeing the delivery of the Inland Rail Program.

Brendan brings extensive experience in the areas of fiscal policy, project and budget assurance, stakeholder relations and, for three years, was the Australian Government’s senior financial and planning advisor to the Solomon Island Government.

Brendan has held senior roles in the Australian Public Service across infrastructure, finance, social policy, agriculture, fisheries, and public sector transformation. He has also served as an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Director, Operations – Marnie Evans
Bio coming soon.