Prof David Russell
David Russell founded The Russell Partnership in 1989, now recognised as the UK’s leading Strategic Food & Technology Consultancy with over 400 clients and a team of 50. At the outset the Partnership vision was the creation and effective delivery of bespoke commercially viable solutions. Twenty five years later that passion and vision remains intact. David has pioneered and driven solutions within organisations as diverse as Accenture, Ashridge Business School, BAA, The BBC, Chandon Estates, The Eden Project, English Heritage, House of Commons, InterContinental Hotel Group, Marsh, MCC at Lord’s, The NEC, The International Olympic Committee, Wimbledon and the United Nations. David led the creation and delivery of the Food Strategy for the London Olympic Games in 2012 and for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014.
David is Chairman for The Total Simulator Company and speaks at various industry events about the use of technology and simulation training for use with both education and industry. The HOTS simulation continues to evolve and now features live STR Global STAR Reports, which is a feature David is particularly proud of.
In his former corporate career he was the Group Managing Director of Town and County Limited, then Europe’s largest private catering company, holder of three royal warrants and operating in three sectors of the industry, corporate, public and event.
Prior to this appointment he was Food and Beverage Director for the 240 Forte (UK) hotels; successfully introducing food modelling and developing and implementing the group’s branded restaurant strategy.
David read Hospitality Management at Leeds, is a Freeman of the City of London, a Professor of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a qualified nutritionist. He is regularly named in the list of most influential individuals in the UK Food and Leisure Sector.
Board roles include; Chairmanships of; LOCOG Food Board, London Food Legacy Board, LOCOG Food Innovation Board, The Total Simulator Company, The Brian Bio Centre, STEMS By RP and Board appointments for Imago Services Loughborough, Food For The Brain, New Covent Garden Market Advisory Board, The British Food Trust and The Royal Society of Medicine.