Leadership team


CEO Inland Rail Richard Wankmuller

Richard is CEO for the Inland Rail Programme and reports to ARTC CEO, John Fullerton. Richard oversees the delivery of both the development and construction elements of Inland Rail.

He has over 35 years’ of senior management experience in the private and public sector infrastructure market including in CEO and Managing Director roles, as well as executive and non-executive Board of Director positions with some of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.

Director, Public Private Partnership – Tony Lubofsky

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

Tony is one of the most experienced PPP directors in Australia, having led five successful PPP projects across both procurement and construction phases. Tony’s most recent role before joining ARTC was Project Director for the Victorian Metropolitan Train and Tram Refranchising Project.

Director, Finance - Neil Burlison

Neil is responsible for the financial management of the Inland Rail Programme including financial reporting, establishing and controlling the financial and risk management frameworks, systems and services, economic and financial evaluation of investment proposals supporting Inland Rail and cost management to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

Neil has a strong and extensive career in finance, risk, governance, ERP systems and commercial management across mega projects in the resources sector as well resource investment funds management in Australia and overseas.

Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations Simon Eldridge

Simon joined the ARTC Inland Rail Programme in October 2016, and has held a number of senior management and strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy development roles in both the private and public sectors.

Simon's career highlights include serving as Director Media and Corporate Communications with the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, CEO of a statutory authority in Tasmania and as Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of a global public relations consultancy, where he specialised in crisis communications and issues management.

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 of 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, Community and Environment Rebecca Pickering

Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail community and stakeholder engagement, property access and acquisition, and directing the programme’s environmental and social management.

Rebecca has extensive experience in the energy industry in the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gasfield operations, safety leadership and reputation management. A Chemical Engineer by background, Rebecca’s most recent role was with Origin Energy, where she lead the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Director, Programme Delivery – Robert Rust

As the Director of Programme Delivery, Robert is responsible for leading the Inland Rail Programme team and overseeing the delivery of construction.

Robert is a Civil Engineer with a strong commercial and technical focus and more than 40 years’ experience. He has public sector experience at the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer level, including delivering a portfolio of projects for NSW Health and the first two stages of the WestConnex Project. Robert also has extensive private sector experience, working on a number of joint venture major projects.

Director, Operations – Graeme Findlay

As Director Operations, Graeme oversees the programme-wide functions that support and enable delivery of the Inland Rail Programme. This includes the Programme Management Office (PMO), Health & Safety, Human Resources and Commercial.

Graeme has extensive experience in major programmes in senior operational and executive management roles. He has held positions including Project Director and General Manager of PMO with BP, BG Group and Origin Energy.



CEO Inland Rail Richard Wankmuller

Richard is CEO for the Inland Rail Programme and reports to ARTC CEO, John Fullerton. Richard oversees the delivery of both the development and construction elements of Inland Rail.

He has over 35 years’ of senior management experience in the private and public sector infrastructure market including in CEO and Managing Director roles, as well as executive and non-executive Board of Director positions with some of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.

Director, Public Private Partnership – Tony Lubofsky

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

Tony is one of the most experienced PPP directors in Australia, having led five successful PPP projects across both procurement and construction phases. Tony’s most recent role before joining ARTC was Project Director for the Victorian Metropolitan Train and Tram Refranchising Project.

Director, Finance - Neil Burlison

Neil is responsible for the financial management of the Inland Rail Programme including financial reporting, establishing and controlling the financial and risk management frameworks, systems and services, economic and financial evaluation of investment proposals supporting Inland Rail and cost management to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

Neil has a strong and extensive career in finance, risk, governance, ERP systems and commercial management across mega projects in the resources sector as well resource investment funds management in Australia and overseas.

Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations Simon Eldridge

Simon joined the ARTC Inland Rail Programme in October 2016, and has held a number of senior management and strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy development roles in both the private and public sectors.

Simon's career highlights include serving as Director Media and Corporate Communications with the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, CEO of a statutory authority in Tasmania and as Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of a global public relations consultancy, where he specialised in crisis communications and issues management.

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 of 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, Community and Environment Rebecca Pickering

Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail community and stakeholder engagement, property access and acquisition, and directing the programme’s environmental and social management.

Rebecca has extensive experience in the energy industry in the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gasfield operations, safety leadership and reputation management. A Chemical Engineer by background, Rebecca’s most recent role was with Origin Energy, where she lead the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Director, Programme Delivery – Robert Rust

As the Director of Programme Delivery, Robert is responsible for leading the Inland Rail Programme team and overseeing the delivery of construction.

Robert is a Civil Engineer with a strong commercial and technical focus and more than 40 years’ experience. He has public sector experience at the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer level, including delivering a portfolio of projects for NSW Health and the first two stages of the WestConnex Project. Robert also has extensive private sector experience, working on a number of joint venture major projects.

Director, Operations – Graeme Findlay

As Director Operations, Graeme oversees the programme-wide functions that support and enable delivery of the Inland Rail Programme. This includes the Programme Management Office (PMO), Health & Safety, Human Resources and Commercial.

Graeme has extensive experience in major programmes in senior operational and executive management roles. He has held positions including Project Director and General Manager of PMO with BP, BG Group and Origin Energy.