Our team

  • Peter Damen, Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)

    Peter Damen

    Peter is the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and Chief Operations Officer at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB).

    He is a qualified civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the transport industry with a solid background in research, innovation and emerging technologies. Peter has chaired or participated in numerous industry associations, state advisory committees, accreditation panels, and learned societies. In his ARRB role, Peter is also responsible for other major national initiatives including the National Road Safety Program Partnership and the National Assets Centre for Excellence.

  • Rita Excell, Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)

    Rita Excell

    Rita is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence and is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia.

    Her prior roles include 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.

    Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience, which has included roles in Local Government and more than 13 years with RAA – where she worked on strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy. She is currently the President of the IPWEA South Australia and sits on the Australasian board of IPWEA, as well as the Port Adelaide Development Assessment Panel.