Michelle Russell joined the Charity Commission in April 2002 as a lawyer and held various legal and senior management positions before she was appointed as Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement in October 2014. Prior to joining the commission, Michelle was a qualified solicitor in private practice.
Michelle sits on a number of cross government and sector groups on terrorism and serious crime issues. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School and a regular speaker on charity regulation and compliance issues nationally and internationally.
Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement
The Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement (IME) plays a critical role in building the commission’s reputation as a robust, proactive, risk-based regulator.
Leading on the commission’s corporate strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding issues, and working influentially across government and with regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK and internationally on the abuse of charities, the Director of IME is responsible for:
- investigations: the commission’s most serious and high risk cases
- monitoring: proactively identifying potential non-compliance, carrying out compliance inspections and regulatory visits
- intelligence: providing intelligence and overseeing our relationships with other public authorities
- accountancy: providing accountancy support on cases and undertaking proactive scrutiny of accounts