Brian was born in London and grew up on the Lancashire coast and subsequently in western Canada, where he went to University. He returned to England in 1973 and has lived in Westminster for many years, with his wife Anne.
From the late 1990s Brian was Finance Director at the Department for Transport and subsequently Director of Logistics and Maritime Transport, covering the whole of the freight transport brief across modes. During the Thatcher years he was involved in several major privatisations, from British Airways to British Rail. For six years he chaired the European Commission's Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon. He has also served as an adviser on railway reforms to the World Bank and worked in the world of private business at British Airways and BOC.
Brian today provides policy, strategy and management consultancy advice to a range of private clients. He also runs the Road Ahead Group, an alliance of private businesses advocating reforms to roads funding and motoring taxes. Brian is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, which he had the honour to serve as Master in 2009-10. He is member of the United Wards' Club and a member of Castle Baynard Ward Club.
As a Liveryman in the Carmen's and Glovers' Companies, a Freeman of the Musicians' Company and a member of the Ward of Cheap Club, Brian's wife Anne is also very active in the City, as well as extensively involved in charitable work. A recent highlight of their lives together was Anne's investiture in July 2014 as an O.B.E., for her services to charitable giving in the U.K. Anne will also become a Liveryman of the Musicians’ Company on 19th October 2016, the same day Brian will be installed as the Master Plumber.
In their spare time Brian and Anne enjoy travel and cruising the world's oceans (undeterred by Brian's maritime safety background), as well as music and opera. Brian also has a persistent affliction with classic cars, which Anne is gracious about.
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