Russell commenced his role at Haileybury College in 2008. He is responsible for implementing a diverse range of services, communications, activities and opportunities for over 16,000 members of the Old Haileyburians Association. OHA is now widely recognised as one of the leading alumni organisations in Australia.
Russell has led the implementation of three strategic plans for the alumni network, along with developing the Haileybury Foundation, which supports scholarships, building and library programs. He has assisted in creating a culture of philanthropy that had not been in existence in the 124-year history of Haileybury. Russell is also a member of the Educate Plus VIC/TAS Chapter Committee.