Abba Career Transition Support

About Peter Russell

Peter Russell

Peter Russell is a Senior Career Transition Consultant / Human Resources Director with over 25 years at companies such as Unilever, Esso, Westpac Banking Corporation and DBM. He has an MA (2.1 honours) in Classics and Theology from Queens' Cambridge.

His full CV can be read below.

Career History

2005 to date
Founder and Managing Director

Provide career transition support to private clients. Continue to act as Managing Consultant at DBM's Fareham office, working there two to three days per week.

DBM (Drake Beam Morin)
1998 - 2004

Leading global provider of career transition services, operating in more than 40 countries and over 200 offices.

Managing Consultant, Fareham Office
2003 - 2004

Responsible for launching and running DBM's office in Fareham, in order to provide career transition support to redundant employees of major clients such as Zurich Financial Service, IBM and B&Q.

Some Key Achievements

  • Delivered the most successful first year of an office's operations, according to Managing Director Tony Gould, generating revenue of over £400K.
  • Received many positive and unsolicited comments from clients, including:

"Not only does he offer sound, practical advice, he has the ability to motivate which I found very beneficial." Helen Ricketts, Zurich 03/09/04

"Very supportive and friendly, took an interest in the total person and offered extremely valuable guidance." Malcolm Follows, IBM, 10/01/04

Senior Consultant, City Office
1998 - 2003

Responsible for providing career transition support to clients of DBM's City Office in London.

  • Described as DBM's "best consultant" by Marie Fimrite, Operations Director.
1988 - 1998

One of the four leading Australian Banks.

Human Resources Director, Europe and North America
1994 - 1998

Responsible for all HR issues in Europe and North America. Member of management team. Total c.200 staff. Reporting to General Manager Europe and North America.

Some Key Achievements

  • Identified and resolved some sensitive management issues in the New York Office, including the closure of some departments and the departure of the American Division's General Manager.
  • Acknowledged by fellow directors as applying the principle of "Treating others as I would want to be treated myself" to all HR issues.
Senior Manager Human Resources Europe
1988 - 1994

Responsible for recruitment, training, performance management, management development, industrial relations, discipline and grievance, redundancy, policy development, compensation and benefits, pension policy and administration for more than 800 staff across 15 offices in Europe.

Some Key Achievements

  • Set up and recruited for new office in Paris. Involved in having to terminate the employment of an unsatisfactory Operations Manager.
  • Introduced the first integrated training programme for the European Division.
1977 - 1988
1975 - 1977
1972 - 1975

Qualifications and Education

Member of Institute of Personnel and Development
1996 - 1998
Licenced as Anglican Reader in Winchester Diocese
MA (2.1 hons) in Classics and Theology Queens' College, Cambridge
1968 - 1972
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
1961 - 1967


Date of Birth
15 October 1949
Married to Liz with two adult children
Committed involvement in local church life, including preaching, and running Alpha course, mens' bible study and house group. Golf and tennis.