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Russell Drake


Russell grew up in Canterbury in a family of four boys.  He moved to Hawkes Bay, via Nelson were he commenced an apprenticeship in his teens working in the automotive trade for 12 years. Linda-Maree and Russell met, married and commenced their family before moving up to Auckland to study with our two young daughters in tow, where after 6 years he qualified with Honours in Industrial Psychology.


In my final year of study I was offered a position with Deloittes in Hamilton commencing my career in the human resource and employment relations sector. After stints as HR Manager of Kinleith Pulp and Paper Mill, Director of Staples Rodway and then General Manager of a large truck franchise I moved to McCaw Lewis assisting them to restructure their business before starting my own consultancy business in April 2010.


Six months later we had the opportunity to purchase the Waikato consulting licence for the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). Along with Linda-Maree we have built a very strong consulting practice, where we only represent Employers in all HR/ER issues, providing legally compliant, yet practical solutions for our clients. We have an extensive client base working across many sectors, and now joining with Fegan’s we already share almost 70 common clients within the rural and agribusiness sector.