About Us

The Charity

Briefing

The Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC) was set up in 1989, as part of the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre within the NHS. Due to circumstances beyond our control, RDAC left the NHS and eventually became a Charity in January 2008. The RDAC has since opened satellite and outreach centres to enable us to bring the service nearer to you. We currently have our head office in Birmingham, a satellite centre in Oxford and outreach services in Cannock (Staffordshire), Hull (East Yorkshire) Northampton, Leamington Spa and Worcester. We provide driving and access assessments for older adults and people with disabilities who want to learn to drive for the first time or for those who have acquired a disability and want to return to driving. We offer access assessments for those who have difficulty getting into a car or loading wheelchairs and scooters. We are happy to discuss with you, your options and we are here to help you retain your safe independence as a driver or passenger. Driving is an activity which is important for personal mobility and we are here to help you with driving, travelling as a passenger or adapting your car to keep you safe on the road wherever possible.

Funding

The RDAC is also able to offer commercial assessments for those who do not claim funding- such as solicitors, case managers, insurance companies and for any work related assessment. For more information and our terms and conditions, please contact the centre direct.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to help older and disabled people achieve a better quality of life by helping them to maintain or regain independent mobility as drivers and passengers. Our primary function is driving assessment and we want to offer practical advice on equipment and adaptations, and retraining which will enable people to drive safely and comfortably.

Support Us

We always welcome support for the charity.

  • Donations will enable us to subsidise our services to help those who need help the most. The RDAC would be extremely grateful for any financial donation.
  • Volunteering. We would like to welcome any support people are willing to give from becoming a Trustee, helping with publicity or even to wash cars. Your help will always be appreciated.

Trustees

Biography for Simon Fielden

Simon FieldingSimon Fielden is Director of the recently established Health Design and Technology Institute at Coventry University. Prior to this appointment Simon worked in the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, based in South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, for 17 years as a Consultant Clinical Scientist specialising in the application of assistive technology. Simon was reponsible for both a range of specialist assitive technology services and a programme of technological and service innovation. He helped to establish the Centre as a national centre of excellence with a strong focus on the provision of effective assistive technology within rehabilitation services for the physically disabled. From 2003 until 2005, Simon was responsible for leading the Birmingham implementation of the Single Assessment Process for Older People; a large scale whole systems change management project. We are always looking for new trustees so if you have a particular profession that you feel may benefit us we would be happy for you to apply to join us. You can contact the Chairman via the centre

Biography for Patrick McCormick

Patrick McCormick is an independent management consultant specialising in business development planning and strategy. After an early career in business systems and analysis with Cadbury’s and Birmingham Coop, Patrick moved into sales, progressing through a number of territory sales, sales management, general management and director roles with companies including Spicers, Digital, Fujitsu, Energis and Siemens. Since forming his own consultancy business in 2009, he has provided strategic business development leadership for clients in the private, public and third sectors, with a particular focus on the NHS and other health sector clients.
Patrick has been an RDAC trustee since 2012, and would welcome contact from anyone wishing to know more about joining our board of trustees.

Makhdoom Ahmad Chishti

Makhdoom Ahmad ChishtiI am an executive management professional with over 32 years of experience, working in public, private and voluntary sectors. I have gained comprehensive knowledge in various aspects of academics encompassing English teaching, training, curriculum customisation and designing, managing administrative aspects. I am practiced in preparing management accounts, financial statement, health and safety reports, itinerary for international delegates, performance control, managing projects, interpreting statutory acts like Equality Act 2010 and Equality Framework for Local Government for effective policy implementation. I have provided effective and professional management of staff, including all recruitment, performance management and disciplinary issues. I was responsible for the management and development of a portfolio of major development projects that delivered the Birmingham’s housing, international kabaddi tournament, Birmingham para Olympics, international exchange programme, employment, regeneration and economic development objectives. I am skilled at the effective budget and financial management and achieved cost reductions while improving services.

I am interested in taking up a challenging leadership role in tourism and hospitality industry and bring about a positive transformation in the society.

I am presently associated with Birmingham Pakistan Sports Forum (Birmingham, United Kingdom) as Torism, Sport and Hospitality Development Officer, involved in end to end management of events for example design, planning and coordination of such events, preparing itinerary and programmes, managing various administrative and management aspects pertaining to day to day operations.

Previously associated with Birmingham City Council (Birmingham – United Kingdom) in diverse roles like Equality and Community Engagement Executive, Senior Equality Manager and Principal Strategy and Projects Manager, I was involved in defining and implementing policies related to equalities, diversity, community and social cohesion, interacting with Chairs of Council Committees, Members of Parliament, High Commissioners, Ambassadors and leading voluntary sector leaders and eminent personalities on policy and project-related issues.

I have managed, developed and maintained all financial systems and internal controls and provided advice and training to budget holders and staff within the organisation on finance related procedures, issues and budgetary control. I have assisted in the preparation of the annual budget in consultation with other staff across the organisation, providing reporting mechanisms to facilitate overall budgetary control. I have also coordinated with government departments in resolving issues related to strategic equality, diversity and community engagement, designing, delivering and implementing various change management initiatives for accomplishing national government agenda.

My objective is to secure a position in tourism and hospitality course to pursue new opportunities with an organization providing new and exciting challenges.
I am confident that the new learning will be valuable for my new career.