Richard Anderson is the Managing Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC), an applied research and consultancy division within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He directs a growing, multi-disciplinary team, currently of 30 researchers and consultants, specialising in mass transport in cities, international benchmarking and public transport operations, economics, management and engineering. Richard leads the Centre’s initiatives in applied research and international benchmarking, currently serving over 100 metros, railways, urban bus, light rail, airports and transport authorities globally, sustaining an annual income of approximately £3 million per annum. The research led by Richard has been acclaimed by the public transport industry and was included by Imperial as an 'Impact Case Study' for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and was rated as having "Outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance." In 2015, the Imperial College London President's Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship was awarded to Richard Anderson and the RTSC. Richard has contributed to the Centre’s publications in high impact journals, authors many reports to industry, and is responsible for all output delivered to the Centre’s funders and clients. Since assuming the roles of Managing Associate in 2004, and then Managing Director in 2009, Richard has led a five-fold expansion of the RTSC’s scope and activities to include the growing metros of Asia and to establish benchmarking consortia for urban bus, suburban rail, light rail and airport operations. Under his direction, the RTSC has secured recognition as the pre-eminent centre for international transport benchmarking and, more generally, eminence in research and strategic advice for urban mass transport. Richard has a unique, global knowledge of urban public transport operations and is a specialist in international benchmarking and mass transit. He provides strategic and technical advice to the leaders of major urban railways throughout the world. He combines an understanding of the commercial imperatives facing urban transport systems with academically rigorous research and analysis. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, including those recently hosted by the OECD International Transport Forum and the World Bank. Prior to joining the RTSC, Richard was employed by consultants Halcrow Fox until 2000, working on the planning of major rail projects and including a two-year secondment to London Transport Planning. He graduated in 1994 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and European Studies and obtained an MSc in Transport from Imperial College in 1995.