Disability employment specialists APM, have today announced the appointment of Pat Russellas Programme Director for Work and Health.
Mrs Russell will join APM from the Department for Work and Pensions, where she is currently Head of Office for Disability Issues. She joins APM at an exciting time in the development of its UK and international businesses.
UK Chief Executive, Alan Cave, welcomed the appointment: "I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Russell to our UK business.
"Pat has a proven track record of successful leadership, particularly within the disability employment sphere. She brings deep expertise, extensive networks and credibility across government and beyond."
Mrs Russell has enjoyed an extensive career with DWP, featuring a number of operational roles within Jobcentre Plus in the Midlands.
She led the team that produced DWP's commissioning strategy in 2008 and more recently assumed the roles of Deputy Director for both the Social Justice and Young People and Employment divisions of DWP.
Pat Russell said: "I am very pleased and excited to be taking up this appointment. There are very few companies that do what APM does, in genuinely bringing a health context to employability.
"APM boasts a proud history of being the best and is continually innovative in its thinking - it is perfectly positioned to deliver future Work and Health provision."
Consistently recognised as Australia's leading provider of disability employment services, APM has a significant UK footprint with more than 35 sites located throughout the Midlands, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber and London and the South East.
A prime contractor for the delivery of Work Programme, Working Capital, National Offender Management Service, NEETS and National Citizen Service, APM is one of only a handful of organisations currently delivering skills, justice, health and employability services across the UK.