Neil Fergus

Neil Fergus

Neil Fergus
Chief Executive Officer
Neil founded IR in 2001 following a 20 year career in the Australian Government; including as a senior diplomat, as Manager Middle East and as the Principal Operations Adviser. He has since led IR’s growth into becoming a pre-eminent international management services firm. He is an internationally recognised speaker and author on risk management, security, KRE and terrorism; and is a co-author of Security Risk Management (HB167 – 2006). He has been an adviser to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) since 2004 and has been engaged in planning and delivery for eight Olympic Games, including several reviews for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Eliza Thorn

Eliza Thorn

Eliza Thorn
Manager, Queensland and Pacific
Eliza manages IR’s projects in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Pacific regions. She has extensive skills and experience in delivering complex international security, risk, transport and due diligence projects. Eliza had several years’ experience in security, international policy, liaison and analysis roles with the Australian Department of Defence (including extended deployments to East Timor and Iraq) and the Office of Transport Security (OTS). She was a senior diplomat in the Australian Embassy in Thailand before joining IR in 2013 as Manager of our practice in Bangkok.

Andrew McWhinney

Andrew McWhinney

Andrew McWhinney
Manager, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Andrew previously served in the Australian Government in lead security and intelligence roles, including in counter-terrorism investigations. Since joining IR in 2010, Andrew has managed numerous complex projects for IR’s clients across the risk and security spectrum including strategic planning and reviews, complex risk assessments and has provided advisory services to mega and major events including for the London 2012, Tokyo 2020 and Pans 2024 Olympics, and Gold Coast 2018 and Birmingham 2022 Games.

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