TRL strengthens strategic focus on rail sector innovation by appointing a Head of RailTRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, has strengthened its strategic focus on the rail sector with the appointment of Rebeka Sellick as Head of Rail.
Tasked with developing and leading TRL’s rail strategy in the UK and internationally, Rebeka will play a critical role in facilitating the drive for improvements in carbon, capacity, cost and customer service. Working alongside TRL’s team of experts, she will nurture current rail customers and identify new business opportunities to exploit existing TRL expertise, from automated vehicles to embedding sustainability.
With her 30-year railway engineering career, Rebeka brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to TRL, including experience in asset performance improvement, research and development, project identification and delivery and strategic leadership. Her initiatives have helped to drive innovation in the sector: she has defined and won funding for projects such as Seamless Interchangeability within the RSSB R&D programme. Most recently, Rebeka is stimulating debate as lead author of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Rail Capacity report.
Prior to joining TRL, Rebeka undertook influential roles in the industry, including seven years as Engineering Director at The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). Other positions have included international consultancy; maintenance engineering; safety, quality, environmental and shift management. Rebeka, who has an Oxford University Engineering, Economics and Management Masters Degree, will be based at TRL in Berkshire. Speaking about her new role, Rebeka commented: “It’s an exciting time to be joining TRL. Connected thinking and autonomous vehicles have the potential to fundamentally change the way in which people travel, not just on roads but railways too. The rail industry must act now to optimise journeys for travellers and freight consigners, smoothing inter-modal pain and investing in sufficient, sustainable capacity and customer service at an affordable cost.”
Rob Wallis, Chief Executive, TRL added: "TRL is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions aligned to the disruptive changes we all see happening across the transport and mobility sectors. Rebeka’s deep experience and enthusiasm in rail and multi-modal aspects of the sector will prove invaluable in helping TRL continue driving societal and economic benefit in a rapidly changing marketplace.”
TRL provides world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes. Its rail expertise spans human factors, interior crashworthiness design and testing, infrastructure enhancement, plus technology development and transfer. The company also supports rail clients with specialised science (air quality measurement, geotechnical monitoring, climate change impact assessments) and investigation (forensics and analysis) services.