|The Rt Revd
|Bishop of Ely|
|Diocese||Diocese of Ely|
|In office||2000–28 February 2010|
|Predecessor||Rt Revd Stephen Sykes|
|Successor||Rt Revd Stephen Conway|
|Other posts||Bishop of Dorchester
Chaplain to The Queen
|Born||25 January 1943|
|Alma mater||St Chad's College, Durham|
Russell was a curate in the Hilborough group of parishes in the Diocese of Norwich from 1970 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976 he was priest-in-charge of Preston-on-Stour with Whitchurch and of Atherstone on Stour in the Diocese of Coventry. For the next 11 years he was the vicar of Preston-on-Stour and Whitchurch with Atherstone and also canon theologian of Coventry Cathedral. From 1973 to 1982 he was chaplain of the Arthur Rank Centre and its director from 1983 to 1988.
From 1983 to 1988 Russell served as a chaplain to The Queen. He was nominated as Bishop of Dorchester in 1987 and consecrated in 1988, before being nominated as the Bishop of Ely in 2000. Russell initiated proceedings in the church courts against the Vicar of Trumpington, Tom Ambrose. He retired on 28 February 2010.
Works and personal life
Russell has published a number of books, especially on the role of the church in the countryside. These include The Country Parson (1993), The Country Parish (1986) and The Clerical Profession (1980). He is a leading spokesman for the church on rural and farming matters.
Russell, as a keen horseman, upon appointment as Bishop of Dorchester, changed his Oxfordshire episcopal residence in order to secure suitable stabling.
- Member of the Rural Development Commission and was the Archbishops' Commissioner on Rural Areas.
- Vice president of the Royal Agricultural Society.
- RASE President from 2004 to 2005.
- President of the East of England Agricultural Society from 2007 to 2008.
- He was made a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2008.
- Governing council of Radley College.
- President of the Woodard Corporation, a federation of 44 Anglican schools in the private and maintained sectors.
- Member of the Rural Development Commission (1991–99).
- Trustee of the Rural Housing Trust (1983–2006).
- President of the Cambridgeshire Rural Community Council.
- Admitted to the House of Lords in 2007 and left upon his retirement.
- Honorary fellow of Wolfson College and St Edmund's College at Cambridge University (2000) and St Chad's College at Durham University (2007).
- Honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford (2011)
- The London Gazette: . 14 October 1983. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- The London Gazette: . 24 May 1988. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- The London Gazette: . 24 November 1987. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- The London Gazette: . 10 May 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-10.