Profile of Richard C Russill BSc PhD FCIPS

Operating internationally as a speaker, mentor and writer on business and procurement issues, Richard Russill is regarded as a leading authority on supply chain management. Widely experienced in company leadership roles and in consulting, he is described as "an unconventional practitioner, wise coach and visionary who transforms business performance and profitability using procurement as the catalyst." His current focus is on Organisational Transformation and Agility, and Procurement Risk Management. He leads Masterclasses in these subjects, the latter topic also being the subject of his book, A Short Guide to Procurement Risk, which is reaching a wide readership.

'Route 42' is the title of his latest book, written as a fast-paced novel about business and procurement - and reviewed as being "a very fine book and a fun read."

Dr Richard Russill
Richard's career to date has involved direct management roles in global companies and consultancy. With an extensive consulting practice, his clients include public sector and Government bodies and private companies in many sectors of business including utilities, manufacturing, oil/gas/chemical, aerospace and aviation, hotels and beverages, food, banking, global legal services, pharmaceuticals, private equity, engineering, telecoms, and media.

Prior to consulting he was with a global oil company in a number of positions including: refinery management; Capex project management; industrial relations; change-management; major site decommissioning, and responsible for procurement activities (upstream and downstream) for Europe.

Richard Russill has published widely and was founding author of the Executive Coach column for the quarterly business magazine Supply Business. His first book, 'Purchasing Power' is acclaimed as "one of the most useful, insightful and thoughtful books that a sourcing professional will encounter." He created the Centre-Led Action Network organisational concept ('CLAN'); and has advised Juran Europe on their procurement best-practice benchmarking process. Richard is co-author of the negotiating textbook 'It's a Deal' and was visiting lecturer on negotiation at Hong Kong University. He was honoured to receive the prestigious 'Swinbank Award' from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) for "his outstanding contribution to the profession and for carrying its message into the business community at large." In partnership with CIPS, Richard created the popular 'Evening With-' interview event during which he has had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of notable public figures including Charles Handy, Sir Anthony Jolliffe; Sir John Harvey-Jones, Rene Carayol and Willie Walsh.

Richard and his wife Sue live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. He is involved with several community activities and is also a musician, performing as an accompanist, church organist and on keyboard in the band for the local pantomime and other fund-raising events. What a blast!