World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Don Russell

 

Don Russell

Dr
Don Russell
Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
In office
1 June 2011 – 14 December 2011
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
In office
14 December 2011 – 25 March 2013
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
In office
25 March 2013 – 18 September 2013
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Alma mater London School of Economics
Australian National University
Flinders University
Occupation Public servant

Dr Donald "Don" Russell is a senior Australian public servant and administrator. He is currently Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of State Development.

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Resources sector advocacy 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5

Education

Don Russell has a PhD from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics with first-degree honours from Flinders University.[1]

Career

Russell joined the Australian Public Service as a Cadet in the Department of the Treasury.[2]

Between 1985 and 1993, Russell was principal advisor to then Treasurer Paul Keating.[3]

In 1993, Russell was named Ambassador to the United States, based in Washington. He returned to Canberra in 1995 to again work as Principal Adviser to Paul Keating, by then Prime Minister, ahead of the 1996 federal election.[4][5] Shortly after the Australian Government announced that Russell would be returning to Australia, Russell made comments criticising the Opposition. This led Shadow Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to denounce his actions and call for him to step down immediately.[6]

Between 1997 and 2000, Russell worked for the research and money management firm Sanford C. Bernstein in New York.[7] In 2001 he returned to Sydney and took a position with WestLB Asset Management (WestAM).[8] In January 2008, State Super (NSW) appointed Russell as Independent Chairperson. Russell worked at BNY Mellon Asset Management Australia as Global Investment Strategist until March 2010.[7]

Russell was appointed to the role of Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research in June 2011.[9] He managed the Department through several changes of function and Minister as it transitioned to become first the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and later the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.[10]

From November 2011 to November 2012, Russell was a director on the Board of the

Government offices
Preceded by
Mark Paterson
Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
2011
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
2013
Succeeded by
Glenys Beauchamp
as Secretary of the Department of Industry
Preceded by
Blair Comley
as Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Cook
Australian Ambassador to the United States
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
John McCarthy
  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b c
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ a b

References

Russell received the 1995 Flinders University Convocation Medal.[21] In 2005, Russell was added to the distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the Australian National University.[21] He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) since 2007.[7]

Awards

In his first public address as Chief Executive of South Australia's Department of State Development Russell advocated for the growth of the state's resources sector. He told a mining conference in Whyalla that “a growing number of successful mines (will) create a virtuous circle supporting an expanding array of industry-backed research initiatives along with exploration and mining service companies." He described the new department's roles to include ensuring that universities "turn world-class research into commercial outcomes" and that the current regulatory framework is retained in order to facilitate new investment into the state.[19] The South Australian government subsequently announced that "Unlocking the full potential of South Australia’s resources, energy and renewable assets" was its top economic priority.[20]

Resources sector advocacy

In June 2014 his appointment to head the South Australia Department of State Development was announced,[15] and he formally commenced work on 4 August.[16] On his appointment, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill praised his "strong understanding of how Government can leverage investment and develop the skills required by industry”.[17] In the role, Russell is tasked with leading his department to help industry, business and communities identify and capitalise upon opportunities for job creation and economic growth.[18]

He was one of three public servant heads to be sacked by the incoming Abbott Government in September 2013,[13] most likely due to his time as Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating's senior adviser.[14]

[12][11]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.