Podcast #20: Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell GAICD - Organisational Development Specialist, Board Director, Performance Coach & public speaker / facilitator with qualifications in the arts, teaching, counselling, career counselling and business.

She is an accomplished leader, having developed a successful career building growing and leading across challenging high performance environments, with significant understanding of sport at all levels – athletes, coaches, administrators, members and volunteers through working with different AFL teams, the AFLPA, the Melbourne Vixens and a number of national & state sporting organisations.

Earning a reputation as a leading administrator for the work she has undertaken in a variety of roles - welfare, people & culture, learning & development, strategy development, and leadership & governance, Leigh’s successful track record points to a solid understanding of the power in building effective strategy aligned with the need to develop and nurture people, who will in turn create success.

Leigh was the first woman to hold a senior executive position within an AFL Club (working across football & administration) and the youngest CEO appointed in Netball Victoria’s history.

Currently, Leigh runs Inspired Heads, a management consultancy & coaching practice that specialises in working with sport & corporate organisations around leadership, high performance, governance, building positive cultures and executive coaching. With business partner Bianca Chatifeld, she founded ‘The Ignition Project’ – an online leadership and personal development program for women. She also serves as Chair of Tennis Victoria’s Nominations Committee, Chair of Cricket Australia’s Player Welfare Committee, is a former Director of the State Sport Centres Trust and AFL SportsReady, and former Chair of Women’s Health West. In 2015, Leigh facilitated the Victorian Government’s Women in Sport & Active Recreation Taskforce. She is also the ‘Mind Coach’ on Foxtel’s The Recruit.

Leigh is a professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors & the Australian Human Resources Institute. Leigh is also a Myers Briggs Practitioner and an Extended DISC® Accredited Consultant and Trainer.