Russell commenced his professional journey within the private sector, subsequently transitioning into the National Health Service (NHS) upon identifying his true professional predilection. His initial roles within the NHS involved managing services in Urgent Care, Acute Medicine, and Theatres for the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Following this, he made a considerable impact as the General Manager at Bart’s Health NHS Trust. Subsequent Russell ascended to the role of Director of Operations at Whittington Trust. In this position, he was entrusted with overseeing Acute, Community, and Inpatient Mental Health services across five boroughs in London.
From 2017, Russell had been a key figure at North Middlesex Trust, holding dual roles as Director of Operations for Surgery and Medicine, and later transitioning into the role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer. His adaptability was particularly evident in his tenure at HDFT, where he assumed the role of Senior Responsible Officer for elective recovery across WYAAT. Moreover, he has recently been entrusted with leading the HNY elective recovery programme. Russell’s professional ethos is characterised by an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and fostering collaborative leadership throughout HDFT.