Chief Executive, SIA

Michelle Russell


Michelle was appointed as our Chief Executive in October 2020. Prior to that she was the SIA’s Director of Partnerships and Interventions from January 2020, leading the criminal enforcement and regulatory inspection functions. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in regulation and regulatory environments in both the public and private sectors.

She joined the SIA from the Charity Commission where she was the Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement for over 5 years. She was accountable for its high-risk investigations and compliance work and specialist monitoring, outreach and accountancy functions. Michelle developed national strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding and sat on a number of cross government and industry groups, particularly on terrorism and serious crime issues.

Before that she held various other operational and compliance roles, and started her career as a qualified solicitor in the private and then public sector.

Chief Executive, SIA

Security Industry Authority

Previous roles in government

  • Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement