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 2018, the Foundation published more than 20 pieces of research and consultation responses.

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


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

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

More information about the Foundation’s charitable status can be found at:


Who’s who

Joe Greenwell – Chairman – joe.greenwell@racfoundation.org

Joe Greenwell was appointed Chairman in July 2013. He succeeded David Quarmby. The former Chairman of Ford UK, Joe Greenwell has also been: Vice President, Government Affairs, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe; Chairman and CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover; and Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Ford Motor Company.

Steve Gooding – Director – steve.gooding@racfoundation.org

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 – philip.gomm@racfoundation.org

Elizabeth Box – Head of Research – elizabeth.box@racfoundation.org

Ivo Wengraf – Research & Data Manager – ivo.wengraf@racfoundation.org

Rosa Grey – Office Manager – rosa.grey@racfoundation.org

How the Foundation is governed

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

Joe Greenwell, who is chairman of the Foundation, is also chairman of the trustee board.

Additionally, Joe 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, please call the switchboard on 020 7747 3445 or email us at info@racfoundation.org.

For media inquiries please call the press office direct on 020 7747 3486.

The Foundation isĀ based in central London, inside the Congestion Charge 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 separate from RAC Motoring Services. If you are a member of the breakdown service you can get emergency assistance by dialling 0333 2000 999. For general sales enquiries call 0330 159 1111. Alternatively visit the website: www.rac.co.uk.