Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, Strategist, and Innovator Russell has enjoyed the benefits of a highly successful international career in the technology sector and now focuses his efforts on supporting owners and boards of companies to devise and implement growth strategies to create shareholder value. In his earlier career he has held board leadership positions with International companies achieving annual turnover in excess of £200m. Russell is founding Managing Partner of the advisory group, Exolta Capital Partners, www.exolta.com and Founding Chairman Scottish Business Network, www.sbn.scot the global network supporting Scottish business leaders. His strengths are found in his ability to devise, build and grow networks of individuals and companies an example of this is SBN which today constitutes a community of over 9,000 individuals across 76 countries. In the UK he sits as a board member at ScotlandIS, Scotlands Technology Trade Body, ? in London and is a national Director with Global Entrepreneurship Network which works with entrepreneurs across all four nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He sits as a board member with Civtech the UKs leading public sector incubator where companies are sponsored to devise new technology solutions to address public sector challenges. Core areas of focus are Leadership, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic thinking. He is a regular speaker at events on Leadership in business and has spoken at conferences from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. Other accolades include: - Holds multiple non-exec and board advisory roles with fast growing technology businesses - Member of the Scottish Government Board of Trade - Regularly named in the list off “100 most influential British Entrepreneurs” - A member of the Maserati List of business leaders who support the next generation of entrepreneurs. - Scotland: Board member Institute of Directors, ScotlandIS, Merchant Company of Edinburgh - Manchester: Advisor to Mr Finch disruptive legal firm - London: Advisor to Tech Advocates, The Griffin Club and E2Exchange. - International: Talent Tech Labs, New York; Asia Scotland Institute - Member of the advisory board Napier University Business School - Popular international speaker on business ScaleUp, Technology and Innovation. - Addressing the gender imbalance in business through his support of the Association of Scottish Business Women and Changing the Chemistry. - Advisor to a range of disruptive led companies in UK and US. - Investor/Advisor Par Equity angel investor fund. - Regular press contributor in print, radio and TV on the subject of innovation.
Not all work - since turning 50 he has developed a passion for endurance events and can often be found at weekends mud splattered clambering over obstacles and "trying to keep". Russell is also a film producer and his latest film Cold Kill, currently in pre-release has secured a number of prized film awards.