Executive Team

Stephen Hamlet

As Chief Executive, Stephen assumes responsibility for developing Russell Bedford on a global scale, including maximising membership benefits, focusing on strengthening the network, at the same time as maintaining its high reputation of quality.

Stephen provides strategic direction to the International Board, applying leadership and communicating with various cultures; engaging with existing member firms across several countries. In facilitating cross-border cooperation, as well as ensuring Russell Bedford continues to expand by acquiring additional quality firms throughout the world, Stephen assists the network in increasing commerce for members and their clients.

To view Stephen's full profile, please visit the CEO page.

Kempton Bedell-Harper

Kempton is a marketing specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in the development and management of professional services organisations. He was responsible for business development and corporate communications in a global multi-discipline management and engineering consulting group before joining Russell Bedford International in 2000 as Marketing Director.

Having successfully developed and implemented the network’s branding and growth strategy, he has been instrumental in the transformation of Russell Bedford into a top-20 global player. Now, as Network Development Director, his focus is on further international network expansion and on events management.

Kempton is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has an MA in Marketing, a Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma of the Communications Advertising and Marketing (CAM) Education Foundation.

Susan Barron

As Russell Bedford's marketing and communications manager, Susan is responsible for supporting members around the world so that they can achieve optimum results from their membership of this global network. As the network continues to expand its global presence at lightning speed, it is Susan's responsibility to ensure that members understand the marketing opportunities available to them and their responsibilities when using our branding by providing brand support and guidance network-wide. In support of our membership development activity and member retention, Susan manages all online marketing activity from web management to social media and PR. 

Susan ensures that members are receiving the value they expect when attending our conferences. She supports the planning and execution of multiple international conferences and events throughout the year, ensuring that our members' conference experience is positive, seamless and efficient from registration through to conference close.

Clara Sanchez

Clara graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing from CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain. She has almost two years of marketing experience in areas such as market research, brand management, public relations and business development working for a number of international companies.

As Russell Bedford's most recent recruit, Clara has already proven her enthusiasm for marketing the network through supporting the implementation of Russell Bedford's new branding and the rollout of the new website. Passionate about developing her career in international business, Clara will support the marketing team in improving the network's online presence and communicating with members and in particular, our Spanish speaking members.

Vanessa Clark

Vanessa is an administrative assistant for Russell Bedford. She is responsible for dealing with invoicing and managing the Audit Quality Control programme.

A long-standing employee of Russell Bedford, Vanessa is a familiar and respected member of the team who enjoys interacting with members and being connected to the wider world through the Russell Bedford network.

Outside of work, family life with two daughters keeps her very busy. 

Jim Sylph

Jim graduated as a Chartered Accountant in the north of England before moving to Canada in the late 1970’s. Based in Toronto, he was a partner in Moores Rowland, Canada, and then Ernst & Young.  In October 1999, Jim joined the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where he managed the operations of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and International Ethics Standards Board (IESBA) for 15 years. He has served as a member of the IFRS Advisory Council and Chair of the International Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Jim became the Russell Bedford International Audit Quality Consultant in July 2014 where he designs and manages the annual AQ programme, selecting and training inspectors; and reports to the Global Board and the Forum of Firms on the audit quality of the network's members.

Jim recently completed a six year term as a member of the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Oversight Council as well as a term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation. Acting as a consultant to IAASB, Jim provides advice on auditor reporting implementation around the world, having also served as co-chair of the working group.

Romina Sanabria

Romina graduated with a degree in Spanish - English Translation from the Buenos Aires University in Argentina. She joined Russell Bedford as a Coordinator for Latin America in September 2021 to manage and enhance communications with the network's Spanish speaking member firms. She is excited about interacting with members throughout the region and being connected to the Global Central Office.

She has many years of experience working in a global firm and developing her career in international business. Romina is very enthusiastic about taking on new challenges, progressing her personal and professional skills, and contributing to the development of Russell Bedford’s international network.


Wiame El Ansari

Wiame joined Russell Bedford as a research intern in July 2021.

A student at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, Wiame recently finished the first year of her Master’s Degree in Strategic Management.

Wiame is excited to embark on her first internship in marketing and developing her professional experience. She has a particular interest in gaining a broad level of experience in an international business environment and advancing her knowledge and skills. She is also eager to take on new challenges and to contribute to the development of Russell Bedford’s network.

Raed Elechi

Raed joined Russell Bedford as a research intern in November 2021.

He is currently in his second year of the Master Pro Finance at IHEC Carthage in Tunisia. During his internship, Raed is eager to take full advantage of the opportunities available to him to broaden his skills in research and marketing.

He is excited to engage in the challenges and opportunities through his internship and is delighted to be able to provide support in helping to expand the Russell Bedford network.

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