SIA appoints enforcement director

30 September 2019

​We're announcing today (30 September) the appointment of Michelle Russell as the SIA Director of Partnership and Interventions.

Michelle will be joining us from the Charity Commission where she is currently Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement.
Michelle leads on the commission’s corporate strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding issues, and has worked influentially across government and with regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK.
She has also played a critical role in building the commission’s reputation as a robust, proactive, risk-based regulator.

A qualified solicitor, Michelle sits on a number of cross government and sector groups on terrorism and serious crime issues. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School.

At the SIA, Michelle will lead on securing effective regulatory interventions to deliver our regime and build on the on-going work to strengthen our external relationships with key partners. The key purposes of this role are public safety and crime reduction.

Michelle will join us in January 2020.

Further information:

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