Dean Russell

Dean Russell - volunteer championFounder and Lead Strategist - epifny consulting

Dean is Founder and Lead Strategist - epifny consulting - the creative communications strategists ­ and has worked in the online industry for over 15 years. His focus most recently has been on supporting brands and agencies to take advantage of the combined power of data insights, creative communications and business strategy.

He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. Previously he wrote an opinion column for the charity magazine Third Sector and often contributes to other publications including interviews for Health Service Journal and Times Higher Education Supplement. Dean has also co-authored several industry reports looking into trends and best practice across NHS, Higher Education and Charity online communications and in 2010 co-authored a strategic review of the entire NHS online estate for the Department of Health.

Dean is the former Vice Chair of the NHS HealthSpace reference panel and currently a member of the NHS National Clinical Reference Panel. He has also been actively involved with promoting web accessibility since 2001 which led to him writing the UK's first professional course on accessibility, delivering the World's first accessible viral Flash application for the RNIB in 2002 and sitting on the review panel for the PAS 78 UK accessibility guidelines.

Dean has been a judge for the Third Sector Excellence Awards and the British Video Association Awards. A former academic physicist, outside of work, Dean was recently a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 general election. Dean is also a children's book author, with recent titles including Mouse and the Moon Made of Cheese and Is Daddy Home Yet?.

Dean says…

“I believe communications plays a critical part in the role of charities.  Yet they do not all have the resources, skills or time to bring focus on this crucial part of their work... I believe, if the huge number of charities out there were able to work more closely together and share learnings, skills, and jointly communicated on common themes, they would be able to play an even more powerful role within society... This is why I passionately believe in what Media Trust do and why their work across the sector, to improve charitable communications, means they play a critical role in our society.”