It takes a talented team of specialists to build a 1,700km freight rail track between Melbourne and Brisbane.

And the 350 or so people who make up the Inland Rail team are essential in supporting the work being done to move Australia’s freight rail network forward.

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We are ARTC

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering Inland Rail.

Our diverse team includes top talent across a range of industries and specialities, like:

  • engineering
  • environmental planning
  • construction
  • community consultation
  • finance and accounting
  • data analysis
  • health and safety
  • project management
  • human resources
  • property management and asset development
  • marketing and communications
  • procurement.
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Our vision

Inland Rail is a long-term prospect that will benefit generations of Australians for decades to come.

Our vision is “a more prosperous Australia with a world-class supply chain, based on a fast, safe, reliable and connected Inland Rail. We will plan and build this with the support of governments and in partnership with the private sector and community.”

Our values

Our values are the foundation upon which Inland Rail is built. These values are integral to who we are:

No harm

In our world, safety is everything. We care about our people, environment and communities. It doesn’t matter how big or small, doing things safely means doing things right.

Future thinking

Future thinking is in our DNA. It’s how we innovate, change the game and break through challenges and barriers. We’re leaders who think differently; curious and skilful, we challenge the status quo.

Active engagement

We care about what matters and we’re committed to the success of our customers, stakeholders and employees. We ask questions, listen and respond to needs. We’re always on the front foot and actively engaged.


We deliver results. We’re driven by results because they lead to progress. Determined to make rail the mode of choice for freight, we work together to achieve personal, organisational and industry-wide results.

Meet our leadership team

Interim Chief Executive of Inland Rail – Rebecca Pickering

Rebecca was appointed Interim Chief Executive of Inland Rail in June 2021.

Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail’s planning, communications and stakeholder relations and directing the Program’s planning, environmental, cultural heritage and social responsibility approvals. Her remit covers Inland Rail’s entire 1,700km alignment comprising 13 individual projects across 36 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 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 of Business Services – Neil Burlison

Neil joined Inland Rail in June 2017 and has held the positions of General Manager Finance and Director Finance and has recently been appointed as the Director of Business Services.

Neil’s 30-plus 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.

He brings a wealth of operational and project management experience, and a proven track record of value-added performance delivery to Inland Rail.

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 of Health, Safety and Environment – Stephen Jones

Steve is a chartered health, safety, environment (HSE) professional that has over 20 years’ rail infrastructure experience in the public and private sector both within Australia and overseas.

Steve is responsible for continuing Inland Rail Program’s ongoing commitment to HSE, at work, in the community and at home.

Steve has undertaken a range of diverse leadership roles during his career, working on some of the largest high-profile project and operating businesses. He has led the development and implementation of all aspects of HSE policy and frameworks and has a passion to deliver global best practice outcomes which has seen him receive recognition through peak industry awards.

Prior to joining Inland Rail Steve held executive positions in Transport for New South Wales and was responsible for all operational readiness activities to deliver Australia’s first driverless railway on the New South Wales Government’s priority infrastructure Sydney Metro project.

This diverse background has allowed Steve to implement the best the public and private sector offer in terms of people management, problem solving and project delivery.

Director of Commercial, Risk and Program Assurance – Marnie Evans

Marnie is a project management professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry. Marnie’s knowledge of multi-billion-dollar projects spans alumina refineries, mine development, and materials handling; and processing plants for coal, bauxite and zinc across Australia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

Prior to joining the Australian Rail Track Corporation in 2019, Marnie worked for international engineering and construction company, Bechtel, where she gained comprehensive knowledge and a strong skillset within the engineering, project controls, project risk, contract and commercial management and construction fields. Marnie’s direct project experience is complemented by the range of corporate positions in commercial and business management she held within Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Global Business Unit.

Having worked in both project and management roles, Marnie’s direct execution experience will ensure effective and efficient project management is applied to the complex and challenging Inland Rail Program.

Director of Public Private Partnership – Tony Lubofsky

Tony Lubofsky is the Director responsible for the technically challenging Gowrie to Kagaru 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.

Acting Director of Planning, Communications and Stakeholder Relations – Susan Hawkins

Susan Hawkins brings to Inland Rail more than 20 years’ strategic communication, brand and marketing insights from a broad range of sectors.

She was previously Head of Brand and Creative Services for leading digital, communication and creative agency Rowland where she helped clients shape and share their stories with those audiences who could influence their success. Susan led advocacy campaigns and brand and positioning strategies for Brisbane Airport, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Youngcare, Kilcoy Global Foods, Greater Springfield and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Prior to joining Rowland, she established the brand and communication function for Australia’s largest private cancer care network, Icon Cancer Care, integrating four organisations into one national health care brand.

Susan also spent 10 years as Corporate Affairs Manager for NRMA Insurance, proactively positioning the insurer as a challenger brand in Queensland and leading its reputation response to natural disasters, including Cyclones Larry and Yasi and the 2011 Queensland floods.

Having started her career as a metropolitan journalist with The Sun newspaper in Sydney, Susan has a keen news sense and an ability to simplify technical concepts. She is passionate about strategic, integrated communication that tells an organisation’s story across all its touch-points.

Interim Director of Program Delivery – Deborah Spencer

Deborah is the Interim Director of Program Delivery, responsible for overseeing the implementation phase of all Inland Rail projects.

Deborah brings more than 27 years’ experience as a project delivery specialist on major infrastructure, including an impressive portfolio of brownfield rail projects across the eastern seaboard. She has an in-depth understanding of the complexity of major infrastructure projects and experience with traditional and collaborative delivery models.

Deborah’s held key roles on some of Australia’s largest projects including Sydney Metro, Melbourne Metro Tunnel, Level Crossing Removals Program, Cross River Rail and Moreton Bay Rail Link. Her combined technical and commercial acumen uniquely positions Deborah to identify risks and opportunities across scope, cost, schedule and delivery.

Deborah’s leadership, hands-on experience and pragmatic approach will be an asset to Inland Rail as the program progresses through the pre-contracts phase and into implementation.

Director of Pre-Contracts – Rob Storey

Rob joined Inland Rail in 2017 as Project Director and in 2021 assumed the role of Director Pre-Contracts. He is accountable for leading the Pre-Contracts phase which spans through the development phases to the awarding of contracts.

Rob brings a wealth of experience to the Program, having previously led large business units for leading global engineering firms. He has an innate ability to inspire and lead multi-disciplinary teams in highly complex environments, while mitigating risks, optimising value and managing competing stakeholder requirements. His strong relationships with federal and state government leaders – forged by over 20 years of proven capability – facilitates greater engagement from all levels of government.

Having held senior leadership positions during the delivery of landmark projects throughout Australia, Singapore, South Pacific and New Zealand, Rob holds a deep understanding of the complexities of mega-projects throughout the entire lifecycle. Through his deep technical expertise, coupled with his emphasis on team culture and industry collaboration, Rob is driving the critical Program level activities that facilitate the on-time and on-cost delivery of the Inland Rail Program.

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Help us build Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project

After years of planning, we’re well on our way to delivering something great.

Our mission is to build one of the world’s most significant infrastructure projects – a 1,700km fast freight rail track connecting Melbourne to Brisbane in less than 24 hours, shifting more freight onto rail and transforming how we move goods around Australia.

And we want you to help us make it a reality.

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