Russel BarnesCo-Founder and Director at Better Life Mobile
Russel Barnes is the co-founder and Director of Better Life Mobile an Australian based MVNO initially created to support people experiencing homelessness with secure and affordable mobile phone plans. It now works directly with government administrators, financial counselors and community organisations to ensure that those living on low incomes can keep their mobile phone connected.
Awarded the 2019 The People's Champion by Australia’s peak communications consumer organisation ACCAN for demonstrating a strong social conscious through the creation of a product or service that is designed for those on limited incomes, Better Life Mobile is also the only telecommunications company in Australia to be a Good Shepherd Microfinance Financial Inclusion Action Plan partner.
Russel has extensive business experience in manufacturing, software development including over 20 years producing software packages for a variety of community organisations and has achieved academic qualifications in Engineering, Sociology and Social Work.
After selling his software company in 2008 Russel has actively supported a number of community organisations and as a member of Rotary has delivered aid projects in Timor Leste and Tonga.