Sir George Russell, CBE

(Date first appointed: 2004)

Sir George Russell

Sir George Russell was born in 1935 in the North East of England, and is married with three daughters.

His industrial career has spanned ICI, Welland Chemical in Canada, Alcan Aluminium Ltd in both Canada and the UK, and Marley plc until his retirement as Chairman in 1997.

Media involvement began in 1979 with the Independent Broadcasting Authority, after which he was at various times Deputy Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of Independent Television News, Chairman of the IBA (later the Independent Television Commission) and Deputy Chairman of Granada plc.  He was formerly Deputy Chairman of ITV plc.

Sir George’s other non-executive roles have included serving as Chairman of the Northern Development Company, 3i Group plc and Camelot Group.  He has served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Taylor Woodrow, Northern Rock and the World Board of Alcan Aluminium Ltd in Canada.  He is currently a director of the Wildfowl Wetland’s Trust.

Sir George was awarded CBE in 1985, and in 1992 received his Knighthood.