Russell joined RWC from Pensato Capital where he was a partner and assistant portfolio manager with a particular focus on small cap, technology & media stocks. Technology is a sector in which Pensato funds made positive returns in each of its 9 years. Russell started work as an equity analyst at Fidelity International from 2005 to 2008, where he worked with Graham Clapp covering pan-European technology stocks. After Graham left in 2006, he was made assistant portfolio manager to the UK team after a successful stint in the small cap team under Colin Stone. Russell left Fidelity to join Pensato when it was originally set up by Graham – making partner in 2012.
Before joining Fidelity and while still at school, Russell co-founded Dedipower Managed Hosting Ltd in 1997. Dedipower was a cloud hosting business that was successfully sold to Bridgepoint in 2011 and is now part of Pulsant. Russell has since become involved in a number of successful technology start-ups as an investor and also mentors Fintech participants at Level 39.