Jackie Russell jackierussellsmall2


Jackie is the Director of Women’s Breakout, the national infrastructure organisation working with voluntary sector organisations across England and Wales delivering gender specific community based alternatives to custody for women; and engaging with strategic partners in the Criminal Justice System, including the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service and the private sector.

She has worked in the voluntary sector for the last four years. She also has over twenty five years of experience in local government, mainly in Birmingham City Council where she held senior management positions for 11 years, including two JNC (Chief Officer) appointments.  As the Director of the Safer Birmingham Partnership, she engaged at strategic levels in all of the partner organisations: the local authority, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Health, Probation and the voluntary sector. As the Head of Equality for Birmingham City Council she provided strategic leadership across race, gender, disability, faith, age and sexual orientation. She has professional qualifications and practical experience in teaching and youth and community development, and has an MBA in the Public Service from Birmingham University.

Rebecca Young rebeccayoungsmall2

Communications and Administration

Rebecca has worked with Women’s Breakout since February 2013. She is responsible for communications and administration. She works at a distance from Jackie, at her home in Loughborough. Previously to working for Women’s Breakout, Rebecca worked for four years at the University of Leicester as a Course Administrator in the Department of Criminology.