Dr Nick Reed has been appointed as TRL’s new Academy Director, reporting to the CEO, Rob Wallis. Nick replaces Prof. Neil Paulley, who retired from TRL at the end of November.
Nick joined TRL in 2004, following the completion of DPhil and post-doctoral work in the Experimental Psychology department at the University of Oxford. He has worked on some of TRL’s highest profile projects, including the training of drivers in the UK’s most sophisticated truck simulator and investigating the distraction effects of texting whilst driving. Nick is also the technical lead for the TRL-led GATEway consortium, an innovative team specifically formed to demonstrate automated vehicle technologies in Greenwich as part of Innovate UK’s £19m investment into driverless car programmes.
Speaking of his appointment, Nick said: “The Academy is fundamental to the TRL’s identity as a trusted, independent provider of high quality transportation research and consultancy. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the Academy’s solid foundations, to help develop and implement TRL’s research expertise and to drive innovation in what are very exciting times for the transport sector in the UK and internationally.”
TRL’s CEO Rob Wallis said of Nick’s appointment: “TRL is consistently at the forefront of creating innovative ideas, research findings and solutions to meet the increasing challenges faced by the transport sector. Built on TRL’s 80-year heritage of delivering innovation, the Academy is the framework for how TRL develops its scientific and engineering expertise, and its thinking, including today’s focus on Low Carbon Technologies, Vehicle Automation, Smart Infrastructure and Safety.
I am delighted to promote Nick into this strategic role. Nick demonstrates the enthusiasm and commitment to academic rigour that characterises TRL’s approach to independent research and consultancy, while also recognising the importance of building a knowledge network and profile across industry, academia and international markets.”