Executive Director, Australia & NZ Driverless Vehicle Initiative
Rita Excell is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence. This national initiative, formed in July 2015, is arguably the fastest growing collaboration of like-minded organisations with a shared vision to accelerate the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles onto Australian and New Zealand roads. With the ADVI COE centred in Adelaide, Rita leads the collaboration of over 100 partners across Australia and the globe. Rita is also the key spokesperson for ADVI.
Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience. Previously, Rita was the Regional Manager of Australian Road Research Board’s South Australian office. Rita managed key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities and organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure.
Her high degree of personal and professional integrity is evidenced by repeated nominations to strategic state, national and international committees and working groups dealing with sensitive and critical information.
Rita’s prior roles include time in Local Government and more than 13 years with RAA – where she worked on strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy. At present, she is the Vice President of the IPWEA Australasian board, where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Currently, Rita is the Transport Expert for the Port Adelaide Enfield Council Assessment Panel, as well as a member of the New South Wales and South Australian Connected and Automated Vehicle Industry Reference Groups.