Russell has diverse background including engineering, disability services and in procurement roles in the State Government. Russell has been with the Department of Training and Workforce Development since 2010. Russell holds an Advanced Diploma in Government (Procurement), a Diploma in Training the Handicapped and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Russell’s current role is the Executive Director of Service Resource Management which is responsible for the planning and purchasing of publically funded vocational training and related services for the Department. This includes funding arrangements with the Western Australian TAFE colleges, TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, private training providers and many other commercial and community based organisations. In addition Russell’s role is also responsible for building and maintaining the states training infrastructure for the TAFE colleges and managing the operations of the Muresk Institute.