Responsible business practices and building strong communities are core to all of Russell's activities. What he is now doing and much of what he's done in the past is centred around family and community. Together with his wife Sue and children Mikhaela and Declan he is immersing himself with the community of the Macedon Ranges.
Russell is a pioneer in the multimedia and internet industries. Has a science degree and studied law at the University of Melbourne. IBM gave him a sound knowledge of computer technology, management and marketing. In 1985 Russell launched his own company Decision Engineers Pty Ltd. Since then he has invested in and led ASI Decision Engineers (1986), Applied Learning Australasia (floated ASX 1993), Acumen People & Productivity (1991), Acumen Multimedia (1995) renamed Acumentum (2002).
A member of the Australian eGovernment Mission to the UK (2001) and the Australian European High Tech Tour (2002), Victorian Premier’s Task Force on Communications and Multimedia (1994-1999), Victorian Government Technology Round Tables (2000-2002), Ministerial Advisory Group for ICT (2003-2006).
In 1995 Russell was honoured to be invited to participate in the Williamson Community Leadership Programme that created valuable relationships across the arts, community services, large and small business, local, state and federal government. It was a life changing and wonderful year which established many personal relationships that he values so much today.
Russell now drives innovation and ideas to develop a much deeper understanding of technology innovation in value creation. He is advising a number of small and highly innovative, fast growing Australian companies, Deputy Chair Australian Medical Telehealth Industry Alliance, the Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association in Victoria and on 30 November 2011 was elected to the National Board of the AIIA.