Stephen Russell - Chair
Harrogate born Stephen Russell, 55, has been married to Katie for 34 years. They have three children - Laura, Ashley and Benjamin.
Stephen has developed his leadership and motivational skills over a period of 30 years specialising in the Motor Industry, initially joining Ringways Motor Group to develop their Fleet and Contract Hire operation in Leeds. In 2004 Stephen became the Group Managing Director responsible for the Company’s long term vision and the difficulties of refinancing a very cash hungry business with an annual turnover of £80 million.
Stephen became the youngest Chairman of the Northern Ford Dealer Advertising Association working closely with the manufacturers to develop specific TV Radio and press adverting for the North of England with a budget of £8 million.
“I appear to be one of a small band of CEOs who love their jobs and are passionate about the future and I’m looking forward to working with the members and sharing life’s experiences” says Stephen.
Part of his commitment to be community minded has seen him work and support the development of the Leeds United Foundation over the past seven years. Taking up the Chairman’s role in September 2016 Stephen sees his responsibility to develop a strategic long-term vision for the Foundation with the wonderful highly skilled members of the Foundation staff and the outstanding support and guidance from the very experienced Board of Trustees.