Russell became a School Business Manager over 16 years ago after a full career in the Army. After leaving the Army he worked at a large High School in Worcestershire and, along with his business team, supported a number of primary schools. He then moved to establish a newly formed and growing Diocese MAT as the Chief Operating Officer and is now the Director of Operations for a 15 school MAT. He helped form the local Business Management network in Worcestershire, which he proudly chairs and he had the privilege of being nominated for the SBM of the year in 2011, where he was runner up. Russell regularly works in an advisory capacity at both local and national level and is an avid advocate for collaborative working. Amongst other strengths, he is known for his knowledge and skills in the area of income generation in an education setting.