The Road Safety Fund is a separate 'designated' fund of the FIA Foundation, a UK registered charity (No: 1088670). All monies raised and spent are held in a distinct account and independently and separately audited by external accountants. The FIA Foundation is itself a financial donor to the Road Safety Fund and also provides the day-to-day secretariat for the Road Safety Fund and charges no administration fee for managing the Fund. As part of the FIA Foundation, the Road Safety Fund is regulated by the UK Charities Commission and is ultimately overseen by the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation.
The Road Safety Fund is chaired by directors of the World Health Organization and the FIA Foundation, and has an expert advisory committee to assess and decide on grant-making decisions.
Patron: Rt.Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG
Rt Hon the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT, GCMG, hon FRSE, PC was Secretary General of NATO (1999-2003) and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom (1997-1999). He was a member of the British House of Commons from 1978-1999 when he was elevated to the House of Lords.
In opposition he was a spokesman on Foreign Affairs, and in particular Europe. In 1995 he was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and was responsible for drawing up the plans for the Scottish Parliament. He is a Knight of the Order of the Thistle, one of HM the Queen's personal decorations and the most senior for Scots. He also holds the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.
In 2003 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour and holds high honours from 20 countries and honorary doctorates from 10 Universities.
He was the founding Chairman of the Seatbelt Survivors Club, an organisation founded to campaign for compulsory seat belts in cars. He was a founder member of the All Party Parliamentary Action Committee on Transport Safety. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety.
Joint Chairman: Dr Etienne Krug
Since 2000 Dr Krug has served as Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position he has overseen the development of several world reports and guidelines, major intergovernmental resolutions, country projects, and preparations for global advocacy events such as World Health Day 2004 and the First UN Global Road Safety Week. Before joining WHO, Dr Krug was an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta, USA. Prior to that he worked in war torn countries for Medecins sans Frontieres and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Joint Chairman: David Ward
David Ward is the Director General of the FIA Foundation. He is also Executive Secretary of the Commission for Global Road Safety and a former Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility.
From 1996 to 2001 David Ward was Director General of the European Bureau of the FIA in Brussels representing the Federation to the institutions of the European Union, and in particular, leading successful campaigns to improve vehicle crash test and emission standards that were adopted in 1998.
From 1988 to 1994 David Ward was Chief Policy Advisor to the late Rt. Hon. John Smith QC MP (formerly the Leader of the Opposition 1992-94 and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 1987-92). Prior to working with John Smith, David Ward was Head of Communications for United Nations Children's Fund (UK).
Together with the Joint Chairmen, the Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and allocating Road Safety Fund grants to road injury prevention projects.
Dr Olive Kobusingye
Olive is a Ugandan surgeon and injury epidemiologist based in Kampala, Uganda. Between 2003 and December 2008 she was the regional advisor on violence and injury prevention at the WHO's regional office for Africa. Before joining the WHO Olive was on faculty at Makerere University, Department of Surgery, where she worked as an accident and emergency surgeon at the Mulago Hospital, the largest referral hospital in Uganda. She was the founding executive director of the Injury Control Center Uganda, now a WHO collaborating center in violence and injury prevention. Olive's main interests are developing and maintaining injury surveillance systems, improving emergency trauma care, and road safety in low-income countries, especially Africa.
Carlos Macaya is President of the Automobile Club of Costa Rica. He is also Chairman of the Latin New Car Assessment Programme (Latin NCAP), the first independent consumer car crash test programme in Latin America. In 2003-4, in partnership with the Government of Costa Rica, he led the ‘Por Amor’ campaign which introduced new seat belt legislation in the country and achieved a significant increase in usage levels, and since 2006 has played a leading role in promoting the Make Roads Safe campaign across Latin America. Mr Macaya served as Chairman of the FIA Foundation between 2008-2011 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2002. He represents the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation on the Advisory Committee of the Road Safety Fund. In addition to his road safety activities, Mr Macaya has enjoyed a distinguished business career in Costa Rica.
Prof. Fred Wegman
Fred Wegman is currently a part-time professor of Road Safety at Delft University of Technology and the Managing Director of the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Netherlands.
He started with the SWOV Institute in 1977 as a researcher and research manager. He became a Research Director in 1989 developing road safety strategies for the Netherlands, developing evaluation schemes and policy information systems related to national, regional and local road safety programmes, and developing road safety research programmes (national and international). He became the Managing Director in 1999.
Before joining the SWOV Institute, Mr Wegman was a traffic engineer with the Municipality of Amsterdam, working on projects in design of infrastructure and road safety, safety of vulnerable road users, safety of public transport, data collection and analysis. He has also served as: Advisor of the Dutch Ministry of Transport; Advisor to the Dutch Parliament; Member of the National Advisory Board on Road Transport in the Netherlands; Associate editor of the scientific journal Safety Science; Member of the Joint Transport Research Committee (OECD/ITF); Chairman of the Core Advisory Group of the Global Road Safety Facility in the World Bank; Advisor on road safety programmes and projects in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland, Russian Federation and South Africa; Co-editor of Advancing Sustainable Safety, National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020 (2006).
Additional members of the Advisory Committee to be announced.