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A tradition transported through the generations

Ever since Roy founded the company back in 1925, the Russell family has remained squarely behind the wheel of Russell Transport Pty Ltd. Roy was first joined by Beryl, his wife, in laying the foundations for the success of the business, which their son Phil took over in 1971. This brought on the next level of growth and development, including the ownership of Metro-Lift Cranes, Caloundra General Transport, Bayley Industrial and Lytton Industrial.

Continuing in the tradition, three of Phil's children are now working in the business, and stand poised to oversee the next exciting chapter of the Russell Group of Companies history.

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Roy hands over Russell Transport to son Phil (aged 24) - 1970
Managing Director of Russell Transport
Phil receives ATA's Outstanding Contribution Award - 2002
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Phil receives PBR Award
Hall of Fame - 2015

Founder of Russell Transport Pty Ltd

Roy Bayley Russell (1900-1987) - Founder

Roy Russell was born in Aubigny near Toowoomba, and was the eldest of five children. By 1909, the family had moved to Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, with his father working as a steam engine driver at the CSR Sugar refinery at New Farm.

By his 14th birthday, Roy had also entered employment, turning his hand to whatever work he could find to help support his family. His first big break came at the age of 25 however, when he was given the opportunity to become the carrier for the Commonwealth Oil Refinery in Brisbane. 

RB Russell Carriers launched in 1925, with one motor truck carrying motor spirit in four gallon tins - including two packed in a timber box which had been shipped to Brisbane by steamer from Sydney. In 1930, Roy was invited to join the Master Carriers Association of Queensland, and was then able to use the title of ‘Master Carrier’.

Over the next 40 years, Roy and Beryl Russell grew their fleet to 20 trucks, extending operations to include carting wool, motor spirit in drums and bulk and general carrying. 

Roy's son, Philip, then took over the business in 1970 at the age of 24, transforming Roy's local master carrier business into one of the largest private freight transport companies in Australia.

Managing Director

Philip Bayley Russell

Current managing director at Russell Transport Pty Ltd, Phil Russell, has been involved in the family business for over 40 years, beginning his working life as an apprentice motor mechanic. 

Phil has toiled diligently since then to grow the family business into what it is today. His contributions to the advancement of the transport industry have earned him significant industry recognition, including:

> Life Membership to QTA - awarded in October 2007
> Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT)
> Past Chairman of the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA)
> Industry representative on the Road Freight Industry Council under
   the auspices of the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads.
> QTA Industry Excellence Award in 2001
> ATA National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry in 2002
> Inductee to the Road Transport Hall of Fame, 2015

Phil is focussed on delivering quality customer service in a safe and efficient manner. His commitment to vehicle maintenance and operational safety has ensured Russell Transport Pty Ltd (and associated companies) an enviable reputation in the industry.

3 rd  Generation:

In 2007, two of Phil's four children, were appointed as Directors to each of the Russell groups businesses. This appointment was made as part of the Family's succession plan.

Kenneth Bayley Russell

Upon completing year 12, Ken commenced work as an apprentice mechanic in the workshop of Russell Transport.  Over the following 10 years, Ken went on to complete a Diesel Mechanical apprenticeship and also a Bachelor of Business (BBus). 

Through his years within the family business, Ken has learnt about and managed a range of operational and workshop functions as well as performing the duties of General Manager and Directorship duties. 

Ken is an active member of a number of industry working groups, focusing predominately on Heavy Haulage for which his technical skills and understand of both the fleet capabilities and legislative application have made his a key source of reference. 

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Update:

Notice of appointment of third-generation Russells as directors.

Ken Russell, with ten years at the firm and a Bachelor of Business (BBus), and Julie Russell, who has a BA and BBus, have both accepted important roles in taking the company forward. Good luck, guys!

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Julie receives JAR Woman of the Year Award - 2015
the russell family woman of year award

Julie Russell

Julie has worked both within the family business and also outside.  Julie first started working in the business in the administration area whilst studying a Bachelor of Business Management (BBus Man).  Upon completing the degree, Julie spent the next 5 years working for larger organisations in the financial and insurance industry in Sydney before returning to the family fold in 2007. 

With now two bachelor degrees completed, Julie’s contribution to the family business dynamic is seen through its strategy and support services functions – including Risk and Compliance, Technology, Marketing, HR and Industrial Relations. 

In 2014, Julie was awarded QTA Trucking Woman of the year for which she then went on to be recognised in 2015 at a national level as the ATA Transport Woman of the Year. 

Like her brother, Julie actively works with industry and government serving on numerous working groups, committees and boards.

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