In a varied career since graduating from Bangor University in North Wales with a BSc in Maths and Oceanography, Brian enjoyed 30 years in the Royal Navy spending time predominantly at sea, including command of two warships, and undertaking a diverse range of appointments in the UK and abroad. After hanging up his sea boots in 2009, he became CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, where he was responsible for over 1000 acres of farmland, a show-ground, hotel, exhibition facilities and operating the charity’s trading subsidiary.
More recently, in 2011 he returned to his roots in Plymouth where he led the delivery from application of a brand new technical academy, ‘UTC Plymouth’, which successfully opened in September 2013 with 150 fresh-faced students.
Born and bred in the Westcountry, he is married and has twin daughters, a son and three grandchildren. Brian enjoys the countryside with the dogs and generally getting wet, be it walking, dinghy sailing all over the world, snorkelling with turtles, or surfing (usually followed by a pasty and pint).