About Dean Russell

Dean is the proud MP for Watford and has strong ties to our town. Married to his Watford born wife, his family has lived here for over 130 years, and his daughter was born in Watford General.

Since his election, Dean has joined the Health and Social Care Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. 

Dean has also joined the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, Digital Identity, Loan Charge, Loneliness, Coronavirus, ExcludedUK, Brain Tumours, Tamils, Digital Health, Knife crime and Tidy Britain

In his spare time 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 books.

At University Dean gained a Physics and Business Studies degree and an MPhil in Physics and Material Science and published two scientific papers. Dean is the former Vice Chair for the Herts Federation of Small Business and a former member of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. Dean founded his own business “Win That Pitch” where he advised small businesses and was appointed as a start-up mentor in 2018 by London & Partners as part of their Business Growth Hub. 

Dean has been active in challenging the stigma of mental health for many years and has worked with many different political groups. 

He has been appointed as a lecturer for the Institute for Direct & Digital Marketing and as an adjunct lecturer at Ashridge (Hult) Business School and has worked on a range of projects with them and the NHS over the years.  

Dean has also performed charity missions in the Philippine jungle and helped give the gift of hearing to children with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

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.

Dean Russell Carrying A House As Part Of A Mission In The Philippine Jungle

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 reading his published children's books to school children on a day dedicated to him as an author

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 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 helping co-organise a #BasketBrigade event to deliver gifts to families who were alone at Christmas

Dean Russell hosting roundtable with the FSB and Bim Afolami MP

Dean Russell Hosting A Federation For Small Business Event With Hitchin & Harpenden MP Bim Afolami  

 

Dean Russell with Sir Nicholas Soames & Baroness Eleanor Laing with the portrait Dean painted of Sir Winston Churchill

Dean Russell with Sir Nicholas Soames & Baroness Eleanor Laing with the portrait Dean painted of Sir Winston Churchill