CIO Profile


Mike Russell

Imperial College London
Nov 2013 - Present
Public Sector


Mike Russell is the CIO of Imperial College London. 

Mike Russell is the Imperial College CIO (Chief Information Officer) with responsibility for the ICT organisation and services. He joined Imperial College in November 2013 as Director of Digital Systems Transformation, taking responsibility for business systems delivery and working to agree and deliver an ICT strategy in support of the College’s overall strategy.

Mike was previously at the international consulting engineering firm, Atkins. At Atkins he was the Group Business Transformation Director working on developing enterprise wide changes to infrastructure design and implementing international collaboration processes for project teams. Mike was Atkins CIO from 2008, responsible for strategic direction and delivery of IT services to Atkins internationally.

During his career as a consultant in Atkins Mike led the Management Consultancy IT practice delivering both systems delivery and outsourced IT services. He has been involved in a wide range of engineering consultancy projects carrying out software development for numerical modelling, implementing advanced active noise control systems and project management of both consultancy and site based engineering projects. Clients included private and public sector organisations and he worked in UK, France, Norway, US and Eastern Europe. This included executing full-scale fire safety testing and measurement programmes on the Channel Tunnel. Between 1996 and 1999 he led research and innovation projects in developing new design technologies using virtual reality and object oriented modelling.

Mike’s early career was with EMI Electronics as an electronic engineer designing and implementing instrumentation and computer control systems in the offshore oil and gas industry. He gained considerable experience in working on offshore platforms and industrial sites in the UK, France and the US particularly in the practical application of acoustic emission and vibration analysis for structural monitoring.

Mr Russell holds a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Nottingham University, an MSc in Physical Instrumentation and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner and Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology.


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