A close friend of Russell Brown's has Friedreich’s ataxia and requires 24-hour care. This has given him an understanding of the need to invest in research for better treatment for the ataxias, and for the ultimate goal of finding a cure. He has been involved in a number of fundraising events for the charity, including the ‘Big Bad Bike Ride’. He was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees in December 2011 and elected by the Board as Treasurer in April 2012.

Russell is an associate chartered accountant with a broad range of professional experience. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at MediaCom UK, a WPP company (since 2015), following three years based in Sydney as Asia Pacific CFO for Landor, another WPP-owned agency. Prior to that, he spent the early part of his career with accountancy firm PwC, developing a wide range of experience across Audit, Transaction Support and Consulting, before joining WPP’s Specialist Communications division as a Regional Controller where we worked closely with the Group’s central Treasury, Tax and M&A teams.