Chief Executive Team

John Russell’s leadership of Russell Mineral Equipment has been a constant feature since he founded the company in 1985. An equally constant feature has been his collaboration with RME personnel throughout all areas and regions of the organisation. Acknowledging that leaders bring their unique strengths, but also their weaknesses, to their roles, John Russell has placed an emphasis on gathering the counsel of others. This collaborative style has ensured diversity of thought and protection from stagnation throughout the company’s history. Executive Director Dr Peter Rubie, RME’s Chief Engineer for over two decades, similarly enjoyed gathering diverse inputs during his tenure as RME’s General Manager (2013-2016) and also through his extensive engineering leadership.

Collaborative leadership as a style works successfully for RME due to the company’s identification with the Mittlestand company ethos and disposition. Mittlestand companies are a signature of the German economy, and have historically been a contributor to this country’s economic strength, representing medium-sized companies and viewed as an economic unit. RME identifies with many of the quantitative and qualitative features common to this type of company, including family ownership or a family-like corporate culture, long-term focus, lean hierarchies and investment into the workforce in order to retain institutional knowledge and foster sustainability. Collaborative leadership places emphasis on the professional development and career satisfaction of company personnel in order to build succession into the workforce, consistent with the generational continuity trait of successful Mittlestand companies.

Engineering at RME prospers from the career diversity of the members of this Area of Expertise; it’s another function within RME that derives dynamism through collaborative leadership.

RME’s Chief Executive Team brings together a small number of key RME executives who share RME’s leadership function with John Russell and report to RME’s Board of Directors.

John Russell

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 design and manufacturer of grinding mill relining technologies.

John Russell

Tandra Coleman

At the heart of Russell Mineral Equipment’s reputation for exemplary levels of Customer service are the functions of engineering, manufacturing, supply and delivery. This is why Tandra Coleman is RME’s Chief Manufacturing Officer. Not only is Tandra known for making things better for her team and colleagues, but also for the RME Customers she serves. Tandra’s recent appointment to the RME Chief Executive Team is also testament to her unwavering engagement, enablement and energy.

Tandra Coleman

John Howard

John Howard has been Russell Mineral Equipment’s Chief Financial Officer since 2009. John’s professionalism and steady financial management has played a key role in the successful growth and global expansion of RME’s operations over the last 10 plus years.

John Howard

Cherylyn Russell

Cherylyn Russell is Russell Mineral Equipment’s Chief Customer Officer and member of the Chief Executive Team – a position of instrumental importance to the RME organisation and the world-wide customer base it serves.

Cherylyn Russell

Michael Gavin

Michael Gavin is Russell Mineral Equipment’s Chief People Officer and member of the Chief Executive Team (CET) – a role that is both leader and mentor to our people, and custodian of the culture that is the very essence of RME.

Michael Gavin