Since leaving the Army he has worked at Pershore High School in Worcestershire and, along with his business team, support a number of primary schools. When he arrived at the school it was in a deficit situation, through a lot of hard work and introducing new initiatives there is now a ‘comfortable’ surplus. He has also been very lucky in securing funding to enable to significantly develop the facilities, which has kept him extremely busy over the 12 years! Along with this, he was credited as being the driving force in converting the school to academy status in 2011.
He has completed the CSBM, DSBM and ADSBM; this knowledge and experience has enabled time to be recruited as an SBM Advocate for the NCTL in the past and more recently as a NASBM Associate Practitioner, the latter of which enables him to assist in driving the association and the profession to even higher standards. 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. He thrives on the entrepreneurial aspect of the role which has seen me form a trading arm for the school which now turns over in excess of £600,000 a year.