Russell was educated at various state primary schools and Bendigo High School. He studied Law at The University of Melbourne, graduating in 1966.
He was an Article Law Clerk in 1966 and prcaticed as a Solicitor between 1967 and 1969.
As a Barrister practising at the Victorian Bar between 1969-1988 he specialised in local government, planning, environmental and administrative law.
From 1988 to 2016, he had been a senior member of the Victorian Adminstrative Appeals Tribunal, and subsequently of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in the Planning and Environment, Real Property, Occupational and Business Regulation and Land Valuation Lists.
Awards & Recognition
Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association