Date of appointment: November 2011
Committees: member of Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.
Skills and experience: Russell was formerly an executive director and deputy CEO of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and was a founding member of the board. He was also formerly chairman of Cleveland Mining Co Ltd, and a non-executive board member of Commonwealth Properties Ltd, EDS Australia, Mobilesoft Ltd, Telecom New Zealand Australia Pty Ltd, The Garvan Institute Foundation, Genome.One Pty Ltd and Athletics Australia.
Russell has also held senior executive positions within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Optus Communications Pty Ltd, Alcatel, IBM and Amdahl USA and an Adjunct Professorship of Mining Economics at China Central South University in Changsha, China. He is an associate member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.
Current external appointments: Chairman of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research Foundation; Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute for Medical Research; Non-Executive Director of Waterford Retirement Village Pty Ltd; Executive Chairman of Torrus Capital Pty Limited; Chairman of Scrimshaw Nominees Pty Ltd; and Chairman of an Australian Philanthropic Fund, The Scrimshaw Foundation.