Davina Macdonald Russell has spent over 13 years in the Home Office including operational and project/programme/campaign roles in the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism and Immigration / Border Force. Prior to the Home Office, she worked as a Senior Prison/Detention Officer and taught English as a foreign language overseas.
Being no stranger to fast paced and challenging environments, Davina’s interest in the importance of good mental health was inspired after experiencing a complex neurological illness in 2013 resulting in speech and mobility issues and appeared impossible to overcome.
During the journey of recovery her husband, Malcolm, experienced mental health and anxiety challenges with little support available in the workplace. These challenges inspired both Davina and Malcolm to explore a suite of options to increase personal resilience and a determination to empower others to overcome similar challenges.
As a result, Davina established a StRaW (Sustaining Resilience at Work) network in OSCT in March 2016 after completing the practitioner training by March on Stress. Davina has proven StRaW to be a successful concept that empowers colleagues in diverse, challenging and potentially overwhelming circumstances and StRaW is now growing as a cross Home Office / Government initiative.