Security Industry Authority appoints Michelle Russell as director of partnerships and interventions

Michelle Russell

Michelle Russell

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced the appointment of Michelle Russell as the organisation’s new director of partnerships and interventions. Russell will be joining the SIA from the Charity Commission where she’s currently director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement.

Russell leads on the Charity Commission’s corporate strategies focused on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, as well as safeguarding issues, and has worked influentially across Government and with regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK.

In addition, Russell has played a critical role in building the Charity Commission’s reputation as a robust and proactive risk-based regulator.

A qualified solicitor, Russell sits on a number of cross-Government and sector groups on terrorism and serious crime issues and is a visiting lecturer at the Cass Business School.

At the SIA, Russell – who joins the Regulator next January – will lead on securing effective regulatory interventions to deliver the SIA’s regime and build on the ongoing work to strengthen the SIA’s external relationships with key partners. The key purposes of this role are public safety and crime reduction.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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