Married for 18 years to a Watford girl born and bred - Dean’s ties with Watford are strong. His daughter, was born in Watford General Hospital. His family has lived in the area for over 130 years. He knows Watford, Carpenders Park and Abbots Langley and our residents well.
Coming from a working-class background - Dean's dad is a lorry driver - he has had a diverse background, education and career. Dean worked hard to fund his education in jobs ranging from cleaning toilets to working in a factory, doing night shifts patrolling car parks and being a refuse collector. At University Dean gained a Physics and Business Studies degree and an MPhil in Physics and Material Science and published two scientific papers.
Following University Dean put his work ethic into his career and contributing to the community. Dean has advised senior leaders from brands and governments, as well as philanthropists and Secretaries of State.
Throughout his career, giving back has been a common theme. In 2001 he was an ambassador for ensuring websites were accessible to people with disabilities and conceived the world's first accessible viral Flash game. He also reviewed the PAS 78 accessibility guidelines. Dean has worked with many of the top charities and wrote a regular column for Third Sector magazine.
Dean is an artist and has had 4 Prime Ministers sign his artworks over the years which have been auctioned for a range of good causes and events. He is also a children's book author with four published children's books.
Dean is actively involved in the local business community and is the former Vice Chair for the Herts Federation of Small Business and a member of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce - and has given keynote speeches for both.
He also has extensive links to the entertainment industry where he is a long-time judge for the British Association for Screen Entertainment and has worked with a range of celebrities and influencers to help raise awareness of issues including mental health and knife crime.
Dean has been active in challenging the stigma of mental health for many years and has worked with many different political groups. In 2012 he wrote the preface for a report into mental health support for young people in Hertfordshire.
Dean founded his own business “Win That Pitch” where he advises small businesses and was appointed as a start-up mentor in 2018 by London & Partners as part of their Business Growth Hub.
He has been appointed as a lecturer for the Institute for Direct & Digital Marketing and as an adjunct lecturer at Ashridge (Hult) Business School.
Dean also lectures on one of the only NHS Communicators courses for Bucks New University and has worked on a range of projects with them and the NHS over the years.
He was appointed as a Vice Chair for NHS Healthspace, which was the first initiative to investigate allowing patients to access their Summary Care Records directly online and to improve online access for patients. Dean also performed the strategic review of all NHS websites in England and Wales in 2009/10 and calculated between £87 million to £121 million was being spent (wasted) on unnecessary websites.
Dean has been a regular commentator on communications, especially in social media, digital and new technologies. This includes writing columns, articles and press interviews for publications including the Health Service Journal and The Times Higher Education Supplement.
Having travelled widely managing teams in businesses across Europe, Middle East & Africa, Dean has also performed charity missions in the Philippine jungle and helped give the gift of hearing to children in a deprived area of Manila with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. He also supported a Basket Brigade to provide food and gifts for struggling families at Christmas in London.
Dean is no stranger to the world of politics. He is a former District Councillor when he led a significant reform to create a Health & Wellbeing Partnership to ensure mental health and older people were prioritised in the community.
Photograph: Dean Russell during a charity mission in the Philippine Jungle supporting the GSF charity building 100 homes for families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
Dean Russell out on Watford High Street
Dean Russell helping at the Tudor by-election in Watford
Dean Russell reading his children's books to the children in the Filipino village during a charity mission
Dean Russell giving the gift of hearing by fitting hearing aids to children and adults in a deprived area with the Starkey Hearing Foundation
Dean Russell reading his published children's books to school children on a day dedicated to him as an author
Dean Russell with the TARDIS at the BBC after being interviewed live about the importance of charity and business working together
Dean Russell helping co-organise a #BasketBrigade event to deliver gifts to families who were alone at Christmas
Dean Russell Hosting A Federation For Small Business Event With Hitchin & Harpenden MP Bim Afolami
Dean Russell speaking about Loneliness at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on BBC TV
Dean Russell with Sir Nicholas Soames & Baroness Eleanor Laing with the portrait Dean painted of Sir Winston Churchill
On Friday the 13th of December 2019, Dean Russell was returned as the Member of Parliament for Watford.