Russell Hayward

Head of Business & Finance

Russell has more than 35 years experience across the private, public and voluntary sectors. He began his career with Barclays Bank in the North East, North Yorkshire and London, managing personal and corporate lending, foreign exchange, and customer investments. During this time, he completed the Banking Diploma, qualifying as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Seeking new opportunities, Russell returned to full-time education at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was awarded the JW House Memorial Prize in his first year of study, and graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Geography.

After University, Russell joined the Rural Development Commission delivering grant programmes to support essential rural services including transport, village shops and community buildings. More recently he worked for the Countryside Agency covering rural services, housing, transport, and latterly leading on delivery of the Market Towns Initiative and Vital Villages programmes across the north-east region.

Russell joined Durham Community Action in 2006, to manage delivery of the Rural Social & Community Programme (RSCP).  He now manages all Business Services within the organisation, including Communications, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology. He is our Company Secretary, and also a Director / Company Secretary of our wholly owned subsidiary company, Food Durham Trading Limited.

Away from work Russell enjoys worldwide travel, counting Greenland, Latin America and Scandinavia amongst his favourite destinations. His other interests include gardening, photography and world affairs.

Email Russell

Tel: 01388 742042

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