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’s prior roles has included working as the Regional Manager of Australian Road Research Board’s South Australian office being responsible for translating the research into practice with member authorities. She was also responsible for managing key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities across Australia and for organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure in Australia.
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 is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience which commenced in Local Government and provided her with the foundation of how important it is to work with the community at the grass roots level. Rita then moved into road safety and public policy working with the South Australia Automobile Association (RAA SA), where she was responsible for establishing the organisation’s strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy activities, including producing long term vision documents for enhanced transport and safety solutions for the membership.
Rita is currently the President of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), South Australian Division and is the Vice President of the Australasian board of IPWEA. She is also an independent member of the Port Adelaide Enfield Development Assessment Panel a statutory approval authority for development in a major metropolitan council.