Russell has worked alongside DLNR, and before that Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust, on a number of research and evaluation projects. He has an extensive knowledge of the Criminal Justice and Drug Treatment Systems which means that his research is always insightful, useful and cuts to the heart of things. His engaging style means that service users, staff and stakeholders alike are responsive and that as a consequence, the end product is comprehensive and of high quality. Russell goes about his craft in a way that is both supportive, taking account of competing pressures on those he seeks to engage, and challenging through honest feedback and thought provoking conclusions. He always offers very helpful recommendations that strike the right balance between ambitious and practical. It is always a joy to work with Russell and I look forward to further opportunities to do so in the future.