The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

In 2020, the Foundation published more than 20 major pieces of research and analytical work, conducted both in-house and by external experts, and responded to several consultations.

More details of this work carried out by the Foundation can be found in the publications section.


In 1999 RAC Motoring Services, the breakdown business, was sold by its owners; the individual members of the Royal Automobile Club. It was these club members who granted the Foundation a generous legacy to guarantee its long-term future.

Today the Foundation is a registered charity and independent of both RAC Motoring Services and the Royal Automobile Club.

More information about the Foundation’s charitable status can be found at: www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Who’s who

Neville Jackson – Chair – [email protected]

Neville Jackson became Chair in April 2020, succeeding Joe Greenwell. Currently, Neville is also: a Non-Executive Director of the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre; Chair of the Institute of Digital Engineering Advisory Board; Deputy Chair of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton. Between 2010 and 2019 he was Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Ricardo PLC. He has also been Chair of the UK Low Carbon Vehicles Partnership (2003-2019). He studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London.

Steve Gooding – Director – [email protected]

Steve Gooding became Director in May 2015, succeeding Professor Stephen Glaister. He was formerly Director General of Roads, Traffic and Local Group at the Department for Transport.

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – [email protected]

Elizabeth Box – Head of Research – [email protected]

Ivo Wengraf – Research & Data Manager – [email protected]

Doreen Lam – Data Analyst – [email protected]

Emily Nagler – Data Analyst – [email protected]

Rosa Grey – Office Manager – [email protected]

How the Foundation is governed

The activities of the Foundation are overseen by a board of six trustees.

Neville Jackson, who is chair of the Foundation, is also chair of the trustee board.

Additionally, Neville chairs the Foundation’s Public Policy Committee. This advisory body usually consists of around 14 members, including the trustees, predominantly drawn from the worlds of academia, politics and business, all with experience of, or an interest in, transport matters. The committee is consulted about research, strategy, major campaigns and future policy.

The Foundation’s day to day running is managed by the director, Steve Gooding, with the help of the permanent staff.

Contacting the Foundation

To contact the RAC Foundation, call the switchboard on 020 7747 3445 or email [email protected].

For media inquiries please call the press office on 020 7747 3486 or 07711 776448 (please leave a message on the mobile or send a text if the phones are not answered).

The Foundation is inside the London Congestion Charging Zone. It is also inside the Ultra-Low Emission Zone:

89-91 Pall Mall

London SW1Y 5HS

The office is close to Green Park and Piccadilly underground stations, and Charing Cross mainline station. There is pay and display parking available in Waterloo Place and on St James’s Square for those who are driving.

Please note that the RAC Foundation is legally distinct and separate from both the Royal Automobile Club and RAC Motoring Services, the breakdown business.

To contact the Royal Automobile Club please call 020 7930 2345.

If you are a member of the RAC breakdown service you can get emergency breakdown assistance on 0333 2000 999.

Alternatively you can call the RAC’s general customer service number on 0330 159 1111.

Or visit the RAC website: www.rac.co.uk.