Speaker Profiles

TRL has a number of speakers who are willing to present on their specialist subject or be interviewed by the media.


 

Paul Campion - CEO

Paul Campion has been the CEO of TRL since July 2019. Previously Paul was the CEO of the Transport Systems Catapult, a not-for-profit organisation created by the government as part of the catapult network to grow the UK economy by supporting the growth of innovation in transport systems. Paul’s earlier career was spent in a wide variety of roles at IBM helping companies and industries to transform through the application of new technology. He has done professional, management and executive jobs at UK, European and Worldwide level in the UK, USA, France and Switzerland.



 

Richard Cuerden - Academy Director

Richard is responsible for TRL’s science and engineering strategy and the associated thought leadership investments and activities, ensuring technical quality of research outputs, supporting the academic development of staff and managing engagement with stakeholders on programmes of collaborative research. TRL’s mission is to enable world-class transport and mobility solutions that underpin the needs of tomorrow’s economy and society.



Dr. Shaun Helman - Chief Scientist 

Shaun is an applied cognitive and social psychologist with nearly two decades’ experience in road safety. He is TRL's Chief Scientist for Behaviour, Data and Mobility. His research focuses on the safety of young and newly qualified drivers, vulnerable road user safety (especially visibility and conspicuity), and raising the standards of evaluation and evidence in road safety, behaviour change and other interventions. 


 

 

Peter Langdale - Chief Scientist

Peter has extensive experience in the field of pavement engineering, with particular emphasis on concrete pavement maintenance and structural assessment methods. Since 2005 Peter's work has focused strongly on the development of the Traffic Speed Deflectometer from a research prototype to a tool that is now routinely measuring the structural condition of roads at speeds that do not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Peter is also a nationally acknowledged expert on treatments to prevent reflection cracking of overlays to concrete pavements for both airfields and highways. Peter also brings an extensive track record in the management and delivery of practical based research and consultancy projects for both the public and private sectors.

 


 

 

 

Dr. Alex Wright - Chief Scientist

 Alex is a physicist, with over two decades' experience in the development and implementation of technologies in the transport sector. He has successfully delivered a wide range of projects, particularly in the area of asset management and assessment, ranging from system development through to testing, acceptance, quality assurance, the delivery of Advice and the development of policy and requirement specifications. Alex was instrumental in the introduction of laser and image based network level pavement condition surveys on the Strategic (TRACS) and the English, Scottish and Welsh Local Road Networks (SCANNER). He has led national and international collaborative research in this field for clients including Highways England, DfT, Transport Scotland, InnovateUK, HS2, EU, and CEDR, and sits on national groups supporting the development of strategy and policy for road asset management, and the direction of technology in this field. In his role as Chief Technologist at TRL Alex supports the development of strategy for the use of technology in the transport sector, and provides technical direction to a wide range of projects, in addition to supervising TRL sponsored PhD students.


 

Ryan Hood - Head of Digitisation of Transport

Ryan leads strategic campaigns for TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, after previously owning the client relationship with Highways England and the Department for Transport. He is a member of Highways UK Advisory Board. Prior to joining TRL, Ryan has held board, executive and senior positions at Navtech Radar, Cosworth, QinetiQ, and the UK Ministry of Defence. He brings international and multi-sector knowledge, a broad understanding of technology, and experience from all parts of the value chain – from awarding winning SME to developing policy in Government.

 


 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Velazquez Abad - Head of Environment and Decarbonisation

Toni is Head of Environment and Decarbonisation at TRL. He is a Doctor in Engineering with more than 10 years of experience advising companies and governmental bodies on how to decarbonise transport, environmental research and innovation, energy and transport policy. He is passionate about alternative fuels, and he has authored numerous publications on green hydrogen and low carbon technologies.  


 

Camilla Fowler - Head of Automated Transport

Camilla is Head of Automated Transport at TRL and is currently leading the development and review of safety cases as well as providing safety assurance for a number of automated vehicle trials in the UK, including the UK’s first real-world HGV platooning trial. Camilla is the technical author of BS PAS 1881 which sets out the safety case requirements for automated vehicle trials and testing and has recently authored Zenzic’s safety case framework and guidance for Testbed UK.

Camilla has over 20 years’ experience in risk assessment, risk management and the development and implementation of control strategies and cost-effective solutions. She has a full understanding of safety management systems and workplace transport and has worked as an expert witness in this field.


 

  

Dr. George Beard - Head of New Mobility

Dr. George Beard is Head of New Mobility at TRL. George’s background is in psychology, human factors, research methods and statistics. George leads studies of road user attitudes and behaviours to understand how to encourage greener travel whilst also ensuring transport is safe and accessible for all. George is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the International EV Policy Council.

 


 

 

 

Dr. Neale Kinnear - Head of Transport Safety

Dr Neale Kinnear is a Chartered Psychologist in the study of human behaviour and transport and Head of Transport Safety at TRL. Neale leads and contributes to research projects for high profile clients providing technical expertise for evaluation, research, and evidence-based policy. Neale has extensive knowledge and experience of international scientific literature in relation to user behaviour and transport, particularly that of young and novice drivers, graduated driver licensing, driver training and education, distraction, fatigue, telematics, speeding, and consumer response to automated and electric vehicles. His application of behavioural science principles in the transport domain has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and international books where he has developed models of driver behaviour and guidance on understanding behavioural adaptation. Neale sits on the Vehicle User Education, Training, and Licensing committee and Young Driver Subcommittee at the Transportation Research Board (TRB), USA. He also sits on the Expert Panel for Road Safety Education Australasia.


 

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