Our Team

Meet our dedicated professionals.

The right expertise
at the right time

We pride ourselves on having a team that’s always ready to deliver and whose collective knowledge, skills and understanding of industry trends are finely tuned to meet your specific needs.

Supported by over 90 team members nationally.

The substantial size of our team offers diverse skills and expertise, scalability, faster response times, comprehensive coverage, and flexibility – all for the benefit of meeting our clients’ needs.

Our Leadership Team

Navjot Chhabra

Chief Executive Officer

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With 25+ years of rail infrastructure experience, Navjot excels in managing complex projects. He brings extensive experience in project leadership, contract management, multi-disciplinary engineering teams management, project scope development, technical and commercial bids evaluation, project health checks and operational readiness planning for greenfield and brownfield rail projects.

Navjot leads IRE and its experienced team of rail specialist project managers, engineers, technical advisors, commercial managers and field based personnel providing services across Australia.

Navjot Chhabra

FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER, CPPD, RPEV, RPEQ

Chief Executive Officer

John Auguste

Chief Operating Officer

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John is an accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of experience in complex infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia. A trusted manager with a history of successfully developing high performing teams, John has extensive experience in leading projects as well as functional groups driving organisational efficiency. John excels in leadership, implementing change effectively and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

John Auguste

FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Howey

Chief Strategy Officer

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With over 20 years of experience in transportation across Australia and New Zealand, Andrew excels in complex rail projects. He has extensive experience in project leadership, contract management, and testing and commissioning in rail systems, rollingstock and infrastructure projects.

His varying roles have given him experience in leading projects delivered under Alliance, Design and Construct, and Public Private Partnership models. His full project lifecycle experience across a range of projects includes leading projects from tendering through mobilisation, design, delivery, testing and commissioning into operations and maintenance.

Andrew Howey

Chief Strategy Officer

Simi Chhabra

Chief Finance Officer

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With an MBA in Finance, Simi has been responsible for overseeing financial operations and strategies, and managing financial resources, including budgeting, financial planning, and accounting to achieve the company’s financial goals in collaboration with the management team.

In addition to financial reporting, compliance with regulatory requirements, and providing financial insights to guide business decisions, Simi has guided the company in areas such as business operations, administration, processes and systems.

Simi Chhabra

Chief Finance Officer

John Scaife

Head of Engineering

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As the Head of Engineering of IRE, John offers over 20 years of experience in multi-disciplinary engineering and design management, value engineering, issues management and trouble shooting. His subject matter expertise in track engineering extends to complex mixed gauge and dual gauge turnouts.

He has authored various technical standards, specifications, engineering reports and papers and has been pivotal in the success of many rail projects.

John Scaife

CPEng, NER, RPEV, RPEQ

Head of Engineering

James Gerrard

General Manager,
Victoria

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James has 25+ years of expertise in rail systems, rolling stock and infrastructure projects. He’s been a project leader in Australian rail since 2011. Prior to joining IRE, he led Bombardier Transportation’s projects in Australia and New Zealand. James has also worked on a diverse range of heavy and light rail projects internationally including the UK, France, Turkey, Bulgaria, and South Africa.

James excels in project delivery, organisational strategy and managing complex projects in challenging environments.

James Gerrard

General Manager,
Victoria

Chris Hegarty

General Manager,
Queensland

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With over 30 years of experience, Chris is a seasoned railway professional who excels in leading projects and engineering teams and managing railway infrastructure. He has successfully led multiple complex projects from concept to commissioning, boasting 20 years of senior management experience in capital investment.

He has provided strategic advisory services on the Cross River Rail project at Queensland Rail and held key positions at Aurizon, overseeing diverse rail projects and teams.

Chris Hegarty

FIEAust, CPEng, NER, RPEQ

General Manager,
Queensland

Babu Kumar

General Manager,
New South Wales

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Babu is a seasoned professional with a proven track record in project assurance and governance. He’s adept at handling diverse project types, including PPP, MC, D&C and collaborative contracts like Alliances and ECI.

His accomplishments include successfully delivering complex rail projects, managing rail systems teams, and excelling in contract negotiations, governance, risk management, and stakeholder engagement.

Babu Kumar

FIEAust, CPEng, NER

General Manager,
New South Wales

Susan Doyle

Proposals Manager

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From a civil construction background in proposals and marketing, Sue plays a pivotal role in overseeing and coordinating the creation and submission of tenders, collaborating with management and other team members.

In consultation with clients, she is responsible for developing comprehensive and competitive proposals that meet requirements, ensuring they are well-organised, compliant with guidelines, and effectively convey the organisation’s capabilities and solutions.

Susan Doyle

Proposals Manager

Mae Vuong

Business Organisation Manager

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Mae is an experienced people-focussed operations manager, having previously managed multi-disciplinary teams across compliance and corporate governance, ICT, business support, accounts and finance, events, marketing and communications.

Mae has a broad understanding across all business operations and brings her skills to optimise back-office functions, business systems and processes. Her compass forever points towards smarter, more efficient ways of working.

Mae Vuong

Business Organisation Manager