New Executive Director at the Christian Police Association (CPA)
After 50 years as a faithful and active member of the Christian Police Association, twenty years of which have been spent as Assistant Director and then National Executive Director, Don Axcell (left in picture) is retiring from the Charity.
At the Annual CPA Leaders’ Conference in November 2015, the appointment of a new Executive Director to succeed Don Axcell on 1 May 2016 was announced. Following an interview process that had taken place prior to the conference, Lee Russell (right in picture) from Kent was unanimously approved as Executive Director (Designate). Lee had been the Deputy CPA Branch Leader in Kent Police for a number of years. Since March 2016, Lee has been working alongside Don to get to know as much as he can about the role of Executive Director, and is looking forward to taking on the role from 1 May.
Lee Russell was born in a small mining village in Derbyshire. In 1985 he was taken to see Billy Graham at a Mission England service at Sheffield United Football Stadium. It was at the end of that service that he asked Jesus to come into his life. From a very young age it had been his ambition to be a Police Officer and in February 1986 he joined Kent Police. Over the years he was promoted through to Chief Inspector. Lee held each rank in Detective and in Uniform roles over his 30 year Police career. In addition to a range of operational Police qualifications he holds a Masters degree in Management. Lee Russell retired from Kent Police in February 2016.
Lee was baptised in the sea at Whitstable in September 2005. He acknowledges the call of God on his life and feels that he has been clearly guided into a range of roles that created a fantastic merger of work and faith life. He has been active in his local church and is the Street Pastors Coordinator for Whitstable, the town where he lives. Lee has also been fully active in the Kent Branch of CPA where, before retirement, he was the Deputy Branch Leader.
Lee said ‘I cannot wait to visit the local CPA Branches to experience first-hand the excellent work being carried out there. I know that all our team members do an amazing job in supporting our key purpose to Glorify Jesus Christ in the Police Service.* I look forward to working with Transform Work UK who I see as key partner of the CPA. I would be very grateful for your prayers as I transition into this new role.”