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About Us

The Charity

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, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Manchester 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.


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.

Trustee Biographies


Gerry Russell (Chair)

Gerry has had a varied career in several organisations, in more recent years working as a Senior Project Manager at Coventry University and Innovation Manager for a UK Government Agency. He is currently Chairman of the Centre of England Arts Charity and a Trustee of the Meriden Sports and Recreation Trust, also he is a member of the Meriden Village Hall Management Committee.

His lifetime hobby is Scouting having been a volunteer Leader in both Birmingham and Warwickshire Scout Counties for over 60 years. Currently being the Group Scout Leader for two Warwickshire Scout Groups and a Vice President of Birmingham Scout County.


Patrick McCormick

Patrick is an independent management consultant specialising in business development strategy, business planning and coaching. Following an initial career in business systems and industrial engineering in manufacturing and retail Patrick moved into technology sales, progressing through sales management, general management and director roles. Since becoming an independent consultant in 2009 he has provided strategic business development support, leadership and business coaching for clients in the private, public and third sectors, with a particular focus in the health sector including an extended deployment with the NHS during which he created and built an innovative commercial health offer. Patrick has been an RDAC trustee since 2012 and was Chair from 2014 until 2020.

Outside his work activities Patrick enjoys family time, music, reading and DIY. He is also a keen yachtsman and coastal skipper, having sailed over 8,000 nautical miles in UK waters, the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, and the Atlantic.


Makhdoom Ahmad Chishti

Makhdoom is an executive management professional with over 40 years of experience working in public, private and voluntary sectors; he is presently associated with Birmingham Pakistan Sports Forum as Tourism, Sport and Hospitality Development Officer involved in end to end management of events. Makhdoom believes that real change, through the collective action of networking and partnerships, is strengthening with principles of public life in relation to selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. In his spare time, he is a keen gardener and enjoys travelling by road; he also helps homeless and new arrived families by providing hot food, essentials needs and volunteering.

Makhdoom’s motto is “live for others”. He explains how his life experiences have shown him how important it is to know and understand the diverse communities in the multi-cultural global society we are living in.


Rob Heap

Rob has worked as a Director and Consultant selling building products and supplies since 1970, he is a driven professional of over forty years standing and has contributed to the dividends made for stakeholders and shareholders with several companies, securing the livelihoods of many employees in that time and ensuring the growth of all companies.

Rob is married with three children and has one granddaughter. In his spare time he enjoys sports and, is a member of Moseley Rugby Club, Warwickshire County Cricket Club and the Morgan Sports Car Club; he owns a Morgan and attends many club motorsport events, as a participant or Marshall around Europe.

Fun fact: Rob once completed a 25 mile charity walk, carrying a manhole cover on his back.


Philip Seedhouse

Phil is currently working as IT manager for a manufacturing company in Coventry; he has previously worked as IT manager for a local commercial catalogue company and has run his own IT support business. He was educated at Warwick University gaining an honours degree in Engineering Science. Phil is married with one daughter and has lived in Solihull since 1984, his hobbies include walking, playing drums and amateur dramatics; he is currently a trustee for the Regional Driving Assessment Centre and has previously been a trustee for the Guardians of St. Alphege Church, a secular charitable organisation that raised money for the upkeep of the St. Alphege Church building in Solihull.

Fun Fact: Phil ran the Warwick University radio station with Timmy Mallet!

Michael W. Nelson-Smith

Michael has worked in the insurance industry since leaving school in 1967, he started his career in London and Ealing; in 1980 Michael then became acting shareholding director for companies in Maidstone and Birmingham. Michael retired in 2011 however, has since undertaken several short-term contracts with Adjusters and regularly assists with CAB in Solihull. 

Michael is married with 3 daughters, in his spare time he enjoys playing golf and sailing. 

Karen Forbes

Karen is a company director and a qualified Occupational Therapist working in waiting list management for physical and mental health needs. She has more than 25 years post graduate experience and has gained expertise in management and strategy development, delivering specialist interventions for various organisations. In addition to this, she has worked on scoping new hospital projects and transformational initiatives for business in the private sector and the NHS. Karen has worked on behalf of large industrial organisations in finding workable solutions to complex and diverse health challenges. She describes herself as an affable, dynamic and a person centred individual who has a wealth of experience in her professional field.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys radio presenting, song writing, playing the piano and dog walking; dance in the rain is Karen’s life metaphor for making the most of every situation.