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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Biography

Russell leads IPPR Scotland, IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for Scotland.

Russell set up and has grown IPPR Scotland from scratch to become one of Scotland's leading policy organisations.

Before joining IPPR in 2015, Russell worked across government, parliament, and the voluntary and private sectors. Most recently, prior to moving to IPPR Scotland, Russell was director of the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland, working on a cross-party basis within Scottish politics.

Russell has taken part in a number of Reviews and Commissions in Scotland including as a commissioner on Scotland's independent Commission on Widening Access. He was a founding director of Safe Deposits Scotland, the only non-profit tenancy deposit protection scheme based in Scotland. 

Russell has experience across the full range of public policy issues in Scotland, with particular expertise in:

  • education
  • skills
  • fiscal analysis
  • the economy