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David Russell

Chairman & Founder, Hospitality

Professor David Russell is the founder and chairman of the Russell Partnership (UK) Ltd.

David Russell's Bio:

Professor David Russell founded The Russell Partnership in 1989, now the UK's leading Strategic Food Consultancy. At the outset the Partnership vision was the creation and effective delivery of bespoke commercially viable food, venue, leisure and conference solutions. Twenty-five years later that passion and vision remains intact. David has pioneered and driven food and drink solutions within organisations as diverse as Accenture, Ashridge Business School, BAA, BBC, Chandon Estates, DCMS, The Eden Project, English Heritage, House of Commons, InterContinental Hotel Group, Marsh, MCC at Lord's, NEC, The United Nations and Wimbledon. David led the creation of the Food Strategy for the London Olympic Games in 2012. He co-chaired the Food Advisory Board and Food Innovation Board on behalf of The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. David read Hospitality Management at Leeds and is a Freeman of the City of London, a Professor of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Trustee and Board member for Food for the Brain, The Brain Bio Centre and the British Food Trust. Furthermore, David co-chaired the Food Legacy Group for London 2012 and is a member of the Food Advisory Board for New Covent Garden Market as well as the London Food Board Executive Group and is a qualified nutritionist. Specialties: Food Consultancy Major Events

David Russell's Experience:

  • Chairman & Founder at The Russell Partnership

    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. The Russell Partnership is a consultancy specialising within Catering, Conferencing, Events and Leisure Markets. Delivering creative solutions and commercially viable results from strategic creation to concept origination and implementation.

  • Chairman at RP Global

    RP Global specialises within global major events, host cities, hotels, passenger gateways stadia and hospitality markets. RP Global has extensive experience in delivering and supporting organising committees and host cities to develop food, beverage and hospitality strategies, sponsor identification and negotiation. RP Global deliver strategic and operational planning, project management, mobilisation, delivery processes and reporting during the event, through to demobilisation. Our clients include: Twickenham, LOCOG, Arsenal FC, Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, BA, P&G, DHL, IMG, Qatar World Cup 2022, and the International Olympic Committee. Visit our website:

  • Chairman at STEMS by RP Ltd

    STEMS by RP delivers web based global induction and orientation for the corporate and public workplace, major global events and within higher education.The STEMS Global Gateway consists of a collection of modules that are customised to meet your specific needs. Visit our website:

  • Founder & Chairman at The Russell Partnership

    The Russell Partnership is now the UK's leading strategic consultancy specialising within Catering, Conferencing, Corporate and Leisure markets, delivering creative solutions and commercially viable results from strategy creation to concept origination and implementation. The Russell Partnership was established in 1989 by David Russell and now consists of an experienced team of over 30 partners and practitioners selected for their diverse and complementary industry experience. With over 400 Clients globally the reach and breath of the business experience is unique. Visit our website:

  • Chairman at The Total Simulator Company

    Bespoke and retail simulations to include the worlds leading service based simulation - HOTS. The HOTS simulation is utilised to develop service industry professionals and hospitality students in business management including,revenue and yield management, marketing, finance & strategy. Visit our website:

David Russell's Education:

  • Leeds Beckett

    Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
  • University of West London

    Professor of Tourism, Hospitality and Lesiure

David Russell's Interests & Activities:

Hospitality, Catering, Hotels, Food and Beverage, Business Planning, Strategy, Tourism, International Events, Management, Hospitality Management, Major Events, Stadia and Arena, Food Service, Leisure, Leadership, Public Speaking, New Business Development, Innovation, Relationship Building, Team Building, Conferences, Corporate Events, Higher Education, Nutrition, Olympic Legacy, Project Planning and Implementation and Food Consultancy.

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