Rob Wallis



Rob Wallis is CEO of TRL Limited (TRL), the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, and also CEO of its parent company, the Transport Research Foundation. Rob was appointed in 2013.

At TRL, Rob is leading a multi-year transformation that builds on the 85-year heritage of the company’s success in delivering innovation within the surface transport sector. The changes include strategic investments into future transport and mobility solutions that benefit society.

Rob has 37 years of experience leading technology, business services and consulting businesses, working internationally across public, private and non-profit (distributing) sectors. Throughout his career, Rob has focused on delivering innovation, transformational change and regulatory market access to organisations within transport, logistics, automotive, technology and new mobility sectors.

Before joining TRL in 2013, Rob was managing director at BSI (the British Standards Institution), leading their Europe, Middle East & Africa regional business, an international division serving clients in over 70 countries. Prior to BSI, he held managing director and senior director roles leading transport-focused businesses at global technology firms of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Logica and CMG, having begun his career at the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD), a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (FCIHT) and a qualified Systems Engineer (SE).

Platooning and the Future of Transport

The leader of the world’s first platooning trials to take place in a live operating environment will take to the stage next May at the Microlise Transport Conference, giving an update on the findings so far.

Rob Wallis of TRL, which was appointed in August by the Department for Transport (DfT) to lead the trials, will give a glimpse of the scale of the technology’s potential to deliver benefits including reducing fuel use, harmful tailpipe emissions, congestion and improving road safety.