Dame Philippa Russell DBE is Chair of the Government's Standing Commission on Carers and a member of the Cross Government Programme Board for the Carers Strategy and of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy. She is a member of the Programme Board for the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership (TLAP) and of the TLAP National Co-Production Advisory Group, representing carers' interests.
Philippa was formerly a Commissioner with the Disability Rights Commission and Director of the Council for Disabled Children.
She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the RSA and in 1990, she was awarded the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Centenary International Award for women who have contributed to the field of learning disability. In 2005, she was awarded the RADAR (Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation) Lifetime Achievement Award for the furtherance of the human and civil rights of disabled people.
Philippa is the parent of a son with a learning disability and has wide contacts with voluntary and user organisations with an interest in disabled children, young people and their families.