Graham Russel, Chief Executive, BRDO

As Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), Graham leads the drive to improve the delivery of regulation in the UK within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). By working with partners, in business, in national regulators and in local authorities, BRDO is simplifying a complex regulatory environment to reduce costs and improve outcomes. BRDO delivers Primary Authority, the governments’ flagship scheme to reduce costs for businesses while improving compliance. Primary Authority enables companies to access assured advice from one local authority on behalf of the whole country.

Graham’s professional background is as a regulator in local government, where he worked as Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council. This enables him to understand the contribution that local authorities make to protection and growth in the local economy. In 2007 he was appointed by the UK government to create the Local Better Regulation Office and take forward the radical change agenda envisioned in the Hampton report. In 2012 Graham took the organisation into BIS, the department for business, taking responsibility for a broader range of issues nationally and locally. In 2013 Graham was made a fellow of the Trading Standards Institute.

BRDO provides key support to the Business Minister and delivers regulatory programmes. In addition, under Graham’s leadership, BRDO has developed work with the World Bank, DfID’s iFUSE program and UKTI to improve the business environment overseas supporting UK export growth and development in growing economies.


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