Russell Drake

Director / Employment Relations Consultant

NZBS, BMin, DipSocSci, BA (psych) HRINZ, ARI, IODNZ and ELINZ

Director/Employment Relations Consultant


Russell’s professional career has seen him move from a production manufacturing / importing – exporting environment to holding key senior management roles within the professional services (law and chartered accounting) and corporate (Carter Holt Harvey) sectors. 

Russell’s employment relations expertise has seen him work both as an independent mediator and as Advocate for the Employer in all forums from the Workplace and Mediation Services to the Employment Authority and Employment Court. Russell holds membership of the Employment Law Institute as an experienced Mediator and is a Chartered Member of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand.

Russell established Russell Drake Consulting Group in April 2010 and in November 2010 purchased the Employment Relations Contracting Licence for the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) Inc. Russell Drake Consulting  now provides services on behalf of the EMA to members within the greater Waikato region.

Throughout his career Russell has worked on the business development side of organisations (managing Master Franchise operations), and has provided a variety of consulting services for small to medium sized enterprises, as well as being project manager for several large scale change management initiatives.

 Governance Roles

  • Aspire Community Support
  • Advanced Fitness
  • Community Living Trust
  • CSC Buying Group

Russell also acts on the Advisory Board of Several commercial enterprises  

Professional Memberships

  • NZ Institute of Directors
  • Human Resource Institute of New Zealand
  • Resolution Institute
  • Employment Law Institute 


  • Bachelor of Arts – Industrial / Organisational Psychology (Honours)
  • Post Graduate Diploma – Social Sciences (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Ministries – Counselling and Maori Studies
  • Opra Psychometric Profiling Accredited
  • New Zealand Certificate in Business Studies
  • New Zealand Trade Certificate


You can contact Russell on mob 021 686 621 or email

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