Darren Divall

Darren is TRL’s Head of International Road Safety and has 16 years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating national and international road safety projects. As Team Leader or Technical Expert, Darren ensures that all projects are evidence based and delivered in accordance with the principles of the Safe System. His specialist expertise lies in institutional road safety management, formulating multi-sector national road safety strategies and action plans, developing and implementing education and campaign programmes, and building capacity at all levels through interactive stakeholder engagement, technical workshops and training courses.

Most recently, Darren has been supporting the delivery of TRL’s Gateway autonomous vehicles project aimed at testing different types of zero emission driverless vehicles within an innovative, technology-agnostic environment where safety is being effectively managed through the careful choice of test environments, vehicle systems and testing protocols. The trials will inform how such systems can integrate into and complement existing multimodal transport infrastructure and provide essential insights into the human factors issues that may be critical for the successful deployment of automated transport systems.

Darren has led the delivery of projects in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the UK. Clients have included international funding institutes, national development agencies, national and local government agencies and private sector organisations.

Darren has been a technical expert to transport safety strategies in Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Dubai and Brunei, as well a multi-national strategy for a petrochemical organisation. He has co-authored and implemented school road safety education programmes in Oman, Belize and Guyana and was TRL’s Project Manager for the delivery of the iRAP Qatar programme.

Darren was the primary author of the FIA Foundation’s Seat Belt Campaign Toolkit, which has since been adapted into one of the UN Road Safety Collaboration’s best practice manuals for decision makers and practitioners. He is also author of a best practice guide for improving road safety education.