Russell also has worked for several years in private practice with adult on adult sexual and violent offenders and with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Over the years he has worked in Adolescent Mental Health, Child Youth and Family Services, NZPARS residential Montgomery House Program, Domestic Violence Centre (now known as SHINE), Te Whānau Rataroa Social Services, and many other services. His early employment included the role of Managing Director of two transport logistic companies and developing and implementing the ISO (International Standards Orders) for transport logistics companies.
Russell comes with a background in child protection and caregiver training. He has co-fostered 34 children over a period of 15 years through a community fostering agency. However, his most valued, significant and treasured role is being the father of 3 wonderful children and Koro to 11 grandchildren.