INLAND Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller is departing the role on 30 July.

He announced his departure from the role in February.

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) chairman Warren Truss said after three years at the helm of the project, Mr Wankmuller is leaving Inland Rail in a strong position.

“Under Richard’s stewardship, the project has moved from early design through to construction, delivering significant local benefits in regional Australia at a time when we need it most,” Mr Truss said.

“ARTC is grateful Richard agreed to continue in his role while the project passed some crucial milestones this year and as an extensive search was underway for his replacement. The board is in the final stages of the process to appoint the next chief executive, Inland Rail.”

Mr Truss said in the interim, Rebecca Pickering is to lead the Inland team until the new CEO commences.

“Rebecca is a proven senior executive who is currently responsible for leading Inland Rail’s planning, communications and stakeholder relations and directing the project’s planning, environmental, cultural heritage and social responsibility approvals,” Mr Truss said.

Ms Pickering is currently Inland Rail director of planning, communications and stakeholder relations.

According to the ARTC website, Ms Pickering joined Inland Rail in 2018. Prior to that, she worked with Origin Energy leading the environment, community and land-access work during the approvals and development phases for the Queensland coal-seam gasfields.