He is the former national CEO of advertising agency George Patterson Y&R and in February 2013 became Executive General Manager of Network Ten. Howcroft holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University.
Russel Howcroft has been a regular panellist on The Gruen Transfer since the program's inception in 2008. In September 2011 it was announced he would host Saturdays on the 'Weekend Break' afternoon program on Melbourne talk radio station 3AW, filling in for Tom Elliott who was in turn currently filling for Derryn Hinch on the drive program. Howcroft is also a guest panellist on news-chat show The Project.
- "Howcroft transfers to radio role". The Age. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.