Steve Yianni

Steve Yianni

CEO - Transport Systems Catapult


Steve Yianni was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the Transport Systems Catapult in 2013.

Established by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, the Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. It is here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, the Transport Systems Catapult is bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world's most pressing transport challenges.

With an Engineering Degree from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the London Business School, Steve is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). In 2014, he was also awarded fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

Steve’s career began at the Ford Motor Company, where he worked mainly in Product Development on truck and engine projects. In 1991, he joined JCB, gaining 16 years’ experience in a variety of roles in engineering management and business leadership, including periods of work in India and the USA. From there Steve, joined Network Rail and enjoyed five successful years working within the engineering and technical areas of the business before moving to the Transport Systems Catapult.

From 2010 to 2013, Steve chaired the cross-rail industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group and oversaw the publication in 2012 of the industry’s Rail Technical Strategy – a 30 year vision of technical direction of the sector. Steve is now Chair for the Intelligent Mobility Planning and Action Co-ordination Team (IM-PACT UK). Working with the Automotive Council, IM-PACT UK is made up of senior members from the Automotive, Telecoms and ICT sectors supported by the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. They are working together to understand the current capabilities in the UK for Intelligent Mobility and the future needs of the industry to maximise and exploit the market opportunities available.