Having started his career in the 70’s for a large IBM computer service bureau in Croydon, Russell became Local Government product manager in 1983 for an SME, where they developed software for the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF). In 1990 as Managing Director of Saffron he oversaw software sales to 50 Local Authority Housing departments, including 11 of the 32 London Boroughs resulting in significant financial growth for the business and the creation of 70 additional jobs.
In 2000 the company was ultimately sold to Comino PLC (now part of Civica) where Russell assisted with the amalgamation of product and services and took responsibility at Operational Board Level for Managed Service operations until leaving Comino in 2003.
After taking a break overseas in 2005 to set up a yacht brokerage Russell returned to the UK in July 2010 to take up the role of Head of Strategic Partnerships with Capita Software Services.
For the three years prior to taking up his new role at Protocol Policy Systems Russell used his long term experience in the Public Sector to assisting smaller software businesses in the Open Source world helping them get to grips with Agile methodologies and SaaS delivery. The most recent example being the “Love Clean Streets” and “Love Housing” Mobile application development projects initiated by Lewisham Council.
The IT Policy System developed by Protocol Policy Systems has been used extensively in the Australia and New Zealand Local Government, Central Government and Commercial sectors for the last 7 years it has provided measurable cost savings to organisations needing to develop and deploy IT Policies. The company has recently released a UK version of the software providing a comprehensive set of IT Policies that are cross referenced to standards including PSN – for the local market, ISO27002, PCI-DSS and SOX.