Sean Russell

Co-Investigator, Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot

Sean Russell is the Co-Investigator for the Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot. His last role was with the WMCA as the Covid 19 lead, supporting the WMCA response to COVID 19 and assisting the Regional Convenor with a special focus on reducing the stubborn transmission of case levels and workplace Covid safety.

For the last 5 years, Sean has been the Implementation Director and more recently as Head of Thrive and led the development and implementation of the Mental Health Commission Action plan. He was the founder of Thrive at Work and led the regional response to implementing Thrive into Work.  The ambition is to reduce the burden of mental ill-health, improve people’s lives, and encourage healthier more productive communities through community and workplace wellbeing.

He has recently retired as a Police Superintendent having spent most of his 27 years’ service within Birmingham Command Units in operational roles.

Sean has a keen interest in public mental health and workplace mental wellbeing. In his previous work, he led the force response to policing mental Health and the impact this has on both the service user and the police. This led to the development of a MH triage project, liaison and diversion from Custody and more recently the expansion of the Mental Health Treatment Requirements within the Court setting both regionally and nationally.

Sean is a keen amateur cook, fan of Masterchef and an occasional cyclist/walker when time permits!