Brian holds a degree in town planning and a doctorate in urban and regional studies, and is now both a chartered surveyor and planner - a relatively rare combination of professional skills.
He has been a member of the RTPI Council since 1990, and has been a member of the planning and development divisional council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Brian is head of the planning and public sector group at international property consultants, CB Hillier Parker. Recently, he led his firm's contribution to the government study 'Vital and Viable Town Centres - Meeting the Challenge'; he participated in its research on 'The Impact of Large Foodstores on Market Towns and District Centres'; and he is currently a member of the government's compulsory purchase policy review advisory group.
From his wide experience, Brian is a firm believer in achieving results by partnership. He is keen to emphasise that:
'Planning is about working co-operatively as a key member of a team of professionals; more can be achieved by working together than any individual professional can ever achieve in isolation.
'Successful results come from reconciling differences or finding a balance between conflicting priorities. Sometimes the long-term benefit has to be emphasised, even when that means that difficult or unpalatable decisions have to be taken in the short term.
'Persistence and commitment are very special qualities which planners have, and which are so important to achieving key, long-term policies - I shall be proud to emphasise this during my year in office.'
- The RTPI is the professional body in the United Kingdom chartered to advance the science and art of town planning in all its aspects (national, regional and local) for the benefit of the public.
It has a membership of over 17, 000 who work in local and central government, planning education, research and private practice.