Founder, Executive Chairman and Managing Director
Dr John Russell is the Founder and Managing Director of Russell Mineral Equipment which he started from his home office in 1985. Through determined innovation, a single-minded vision to make the difficult job of mill relining easier, faster and safer, John has shaped RME to become the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of grinding mill relining technologies. Under John’s direction and influence, RME has relentlessly continued to pioneer innovations and deliver new and safer technology to mill relines and the wider comminution industry, even during the mining investment downturn. This includes the THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammers in 1997, the RUSSELL TWIN in 2007, a pair of two completely-independent Mill Relining Machines that operate simultaneously, and recently, RME INSIDEOUT Technology and THUNDERBOLT SKYWAY.
Peter joined Russell Mineral Equipment in 1989 as the company’s third employee. Peter is named as the inventor of many of RME's patented technologies including RME’s simulation technology MILL RELINE DIRECTOR (MRD) – an accomplishment that led to his recognition by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers. As well as holding the role of Chief Engineer for most of his career at RME, Peter has led a number of senior management functions and oversaw efforts to navigate RME’s response to the decline in mining capital investment following the mining construction boom. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and was awarded a Doctor of Professional Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland.