Russell first came into direct, personal contact with Rotary via a local community event in 2008. Community involvement has always been part of his life having served on School and Scout councils, and participated in as many other community activities as time would permit. The time was right to take a passion for community service to a new level through joining the Rotary Club of Doncaster.

Russell immersed himself in all things Rotary and served the Club in many roles, including the development of the Clubs digital presence, and as President in 2011-12. Enthusiasm for youth development and community involvement lead to the seeds being sown for chartering a local Interact Club during that year. Seeing the Club chartered, and joy that this Rotary initiative brings to all the students and Club members involved, continues to be a personal highlight.

At District level, Russell has served as Treasurer [2014-16], Company Secretary and Treasurer of RI D9810 Project Funds Ltd [2014-16], Assistant Governor [2013-14], Social Media advocate [2013 +], Membership committee member [2014+], and also as a RYPEN adult mentor [2013]. He also serves as one of the Rotary Leadership Institute’s facilitators, when the need, and time, permits.