Pat Russell MIEP - IEP Chair
Pat is an employability professional with extensive career experience in the British civil service, notably in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and as Head of the Office for Disability Issues. She has policy and programme design expertise in welfare to work commissioned provision, was responsible for the DWP Commissioning Strategy in 2006 and was Deputy Director for both the Social Justice and Young People and Employment Divisions.
She was part of the Institute for Government’s ‘innovative programme ‘Connecting Policy with Practice’ working with a range of central government senior officials and senior leaders from the local public and charity sectors.
Pat has also had experience in the private sector as Director for Work and Health at Advanced Personnel Management (APM), a company delivering innovation in employment activation services in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
More recently, as an independent consultant, she has worked with Local Authorities and in the charity sector supporting organisations to develop strategic life skills support and new provision.
In her spare time, Pat volunteers as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Staffordshire County Scout Council – an independent charity within the Scout Association. Working alongside the County Commissioner, she is responsible for the governance of the charity which provides challenging and adventurous experiences for around 8,000 young people aged between 6 and 18 supported by a volunteer team of nearly 2,000 adults. In line with the 2023 Vision set by the Scout Association, scouting in Staffordshire exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society by developing their self-confidence and social skills alongside practical and life skills. The annual turnover of the charity is in excess of £200,000.
Pat has been a director of the IEP since October 2016.