He qualified as a probation officer in the UK and worked with offenders in North and East London. He also worked for a range of voluntary sector organisations with homeless people, ex-offenders and young people at risk in both this country and the USA.
Russell developed his consultancy skills through work with two national voluntary organisations,Drugscope and the DIVERT Trust.
Since 1996 Russell has worked full time as an independent consultant specialising in the fields of substance misuse and crime.
He is the author or co-author of over thirty national publications on issues relating to drugs, alcohol and offending. He is also a Health Education Authority certified trainer.
As an independent consultant and trainer, Russell seeks to keep at the forefront of policy and practice development while maintaining hands-on experience of work with the local voluntary sector. He balances a portfolio which includes international research studies, national policy advice and needs assessment and evaluation work with community organisations. Russell continues to specialise in multi-agency partnership work and has recently developed expertise in both payment by results and digital engagement.
- University of East AngliaSocial Work, 1985 - 1987CQSW + MA in Social Work
- St John's College, CambridgeFrench & Italian, 1980 - 1983
- King Henry VIII School, Coventry
- Drugs, Crime & Digital InnovationResearcher, evaluator, writer, trainer in drugs, alcohol & crime. Blogger. Expert in: payment by results, strategic use of social media., 1996 - present
Payment by Results take 2: what I learned from the response to last mont...
A couple of weeks ago I posted a fairly polemical piece about the hype around ‘payment by results’, which prompted quite a response, includi
The smoking ban could spark a long, hot summer in English prisons
It could be disastrous if the prison smoking ban is forced through too quickly
2015 End of Term Criminal Justice Report: Some Signs of Promise but Must...
What should we make of 2015 as far as penal policy is concerned? The new government has promised radical reforms at the heart of their agend
If Jocelyn Hillman were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
Jocelyn Hillman founder of women offender employment service "Working Chance" is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretar
What do you think of Transforming Rehabilitation? | Russell Webster
New initiative from Clinks and NCVO to track the voluntary sector's experience of the new probation system, known as Transforming Rehabilita
Langley House Trust’s justice priorities | Russell Webster
Tracy Wild is the Chief Executive of Langley House Trust, she is the latest contributor to a guest blog series setting out priorities for th
Criminal justice voluntary sector under threat | Russell Webster
Latest Clinks State of the Sector report finds that the criminal justice voluntary sector is under threat
If Alex Cavendish were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
Social anthropologist and former prisoner Alex Cavendish is the latest contributor to the "If I were Justice secretary..." blog series.
Disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison PbR pilots ...
Latest official MoJ figures reveal disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison payment by results pilots
The Prisoners’ Education Trust justice priorities | Russell Webster
The Prisoners' Education Trust is the latest contributor to Russell Webster's "If I were Justice Secretary" series
The Probation Institute’s Justice priorities | Russell Webster
Sue Hall, Board Member of the Probation Institute, is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretary" blog series.
What are the priorities for restorative justice? | Russell Webster
Jon Collins, CEO of the Restorative Justice Council, is the latest contributor to a series about the direction of the criminal justice after
One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence | Russe...
One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence and half of all women murder victims were killed by their partner or family