Gillian Russell

Director, Safer Communities

Gillian Russell

Gillian Russell has been Director for Safer Communities since June 2015.


The Director for Safer Communities is responsible for police and fire services and related inspectorates, resilience, counter-terrorism and defence, Justice Analytical Services and policies to address crime, drugs and sectarianism.


Gillian has many years of experience within the Senior Civil Service in the Scottish Government working across five very different high impact roles.

A lawyer by background, Gillian spent three years advising at senior level across health and social care before moving to a social policy role. In that role Gillian developed experience on enabling assets based approaches and coproduction to deliver better outcomes.

Gillian then moved to reforming and transforming public services by ensuring the effective delivery of the benefits of Police Reform. During summer 2014 she worked on readiness for the referendum outcome.