Steve is Director of the RAC Foundation, an independent charitable think-tank that commissions and disseminates research relating to motoring. Foundation reports have covered various aspects of motoring policy including road safety, the condition of the road network (in particular road bridges), the take up of traffic technology, and the path to zero carbon vehicles (Steve is a member of the Electric Vehicle Energy Task Force).
Steve took over at the Foundation in 2015 after a long civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles, latterly as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the Department for Transport.
After graduating from Durham University Steve joined the civil service in 1983, moving to the Transport Department in 1987 where, amongst other roles, he was private secretary to transport ministers Peter Bottomley, Michael Portillo and Roger Freeman.
Steve is currently President of the CILT, a fellow of the CIHT, a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, a regular columnist in Highways magazine and commentator on transport issues in the media.