IR TEAM

IR TEAM

The Intelligent Risks (IR) leadership team have extensive experience and subject matter expertise across the spectrum of security planning, risk assessment, operational management, due diligence enquiries and crisis resolution. IR personnel have served at senior levels in government agencies spanning intelligence, law enforcement and the military, and at executive levels in the private sector.

Neil Fergus

Chief Executive

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 is 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). Neil has conducted numerous complex reviews for governments, such as the ‘Layers of Aviation Security Review’ for the Australian Government and several projects for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.

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Garth Adam

Manager, Queensland and Pacific

Garth has managed IR’s Queensland and Pacific practice since 2012. He has led IR’s engagement on many complex projects across a range of industries including the oil and gas, energy, transport, banking and financial services sectors. Garth’s skills and experience also encompass facilities security, operational readiness, emergency management, training and crisis response. Before joining IR Garth managed training and maintenance of critical weapons intelligence capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and for in-theatre operations.

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Jason Morris

Manager, Asia

Jason is responsible for managing IR’s operations in the Asian region from the IR practice located in Bangkok. Jason has extensive experience in crisis management, risk management, intelligence analysis and operations, security assessment and planning, and in international policy development. Prior to joining IR, Jason worked for the Australian government for 20+ years; firstly, as a military officer and then as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Jason had operational and diplomatic deployments in Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

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Eliza Thorn

Manager, Corporate Integrity

Eliza manages IR’s investigations and due diligence projects worldwide and is a lead adviser for other security and risk consulting projects. Eliza had extensive experience in security, international policy, and liaison and intelligence analysis roles with the Department of Defence (with deployments to East Timor and Iraq) and the Australian Government’s Office of Transport Security. She was a senior diplomat in the Australian Embassy in Bangkok before joining IR as Manager of IR’s Asian operations. Eliza transferred to Brisbane in 2015 to manage the Corporate Integrity Program and has successfully delivered innumerable due diligence projects for corporate clients; with some quite notable cases in China, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Middle East.

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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 as well as major construction projects.

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Greg Ducie

Management Services Adviser

Greg is an experienced organisational and security risk management professional based in IRs Brisbane practice. He has worked in a variety of roles throughout his career, including 13 years as an officer in the Australian Army and as a crisis management consultant providing services throughout the Asia Pacific, India and China for Fortune 500 companies. Greg has developed a number of specialist skills in his time at IR; working with clients in the hydrocarbons, financial services, education, mining and government sectors. His extensive experience includes risk assessments, security planning and management and terrorism response planning and implementation. Greg has played a pivotal role assisting our corporate clients manage a myriad of crisis events, including the resolution of kidnap and ransom cases.

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David Gray

Senior Specialist

David has an extensive background in public and private sectors in the UK and Australia, principally in roles with a national security and law enforcement focus. His expertise includes security risk management, major event security, transport (including aviation) security, strategic planning, quality assurance and organisational reviews. After a successful career in senior Government roles, David joined IR in 2007 and has managed the successful delivery of complex projects for us all over the world. Some of his more notable achievements include several years in a senior role for the planning and delivery of security for the London 2012 Olympic Games; preparing the Security Governance Roadmap for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria; and being a key member of the ‘Layers of Aviation Security Review’ for the Australian Government.

Marc Armitage

NZ Manager

Prior to joining IR, Marc worked for the Australian and New Zealand Governments for 10 years, including in analytical, security operations and management roles. Marc has extensive experience in risk management, intelligence operations, security assessment and planning and blended law enforcement / intelligence operations. Marc was recently responsible for leading a diverse national team delivering significant counter-terrorism outcomes.  He was awarded a Director’s Level award from the Director of Security (NZ) for this period, as well as a certificate of recognition from the National Security Investigation Team (NSIT) of New Zealand Police.  Marc has a BA and Law degree from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from the University of Sydney Business School.

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