Sean Russell

Sean Russell is the Head of Thrive for West Midlands Combined Authority.  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 policing mental Health and the impact this has for both the service user and the police. He led the development of a MH triage project where Nurses, Ambulance staff and Police attend together to persons in crisis providing a ‘one stop shop’ approach to mental ill health delivery as well as the regional implementation of the Crisis Care Concordat.

For the last four years Sean has led the development and implementation of the Mental Health Commission Action plan. He is now driving the programme through the Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot with lead Partners from Coventry and Warwick Universities, amplifying the work within the West Midlands Combined Authority across the Midlands Engine footprint. 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. (Thrive at Work / Thrive into Work)