Ricardo technology director to chair European R&D association

Simon Edwards, Ricardo’s global director of technology, has been appointed to chair EARPA, the influential association of automotive R&D organisations across Europe.

Founded in 2002, EARPA – the European Automotive Research Partners Association – brings together over forty of the most prominent R&D providers in the European automotive sector. It is independent of any external body and funded only by its members, which range from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities.

Edwards is a specialist in engine development, with a particular interest in commercial vehicles. He re-joined Ricardo in 2012 as Global Director, Technology, after an earlier thirteen-year spell with the company that culminated in a stint as Chief Engineer, Technology at Ricardo Germany, during which he managed all the company’s research activities in that country.