Brian is the Chairman of the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of New Zealand and past Chair of the Wood Council of New Zealand (WoodCo) through to the time of WoodCo's dissolution.
Brian had a lengthy senior management background associated with the forestry and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand. He had a 15 year career with the NZ Forest Service prior to joining Fletcher Challenge Limited in 1978 where he held several senior management roles at the Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited Kawerau mill. In early 2000 Brian joined Carter Holt Harvey Limited as General Manager, Fibre in its pulp & paper sector prior to assuming the same role with Oji Fibre Solutions upon its purchase of Carter Holt Harvey's pulp and paper business. Brian retired from Oji Fibre Solutions at the end of 2017.
Brian served with the NZ Fire Service as a volunteer fire officer for a period of 35 years attaining the rank of Chief Fire Officer. He was elected to the executive of the United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand in 1990, served as President in 1993/94 and was elected a Life Member of that Association.
In the 1995 New Year Honours List Brian was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for his work associated with the Fire Service and kindred organisations.
In 1997 Brian was appointed to the NZ Fire Service Commission where he served as Deputy Chairman until completion of his appointed term. He has also served as Director on several companies and as Chairman and Trustee on several Maori Trusts. Brian is a Fellow of the NZ Fire Brigades Institute and a Member of the NZ Institute of Foresters.
As Chair of the Wood Processors Association Brian was the driving force behind the merger of WPMA and the Pine Manufacturers Association in 2014 to form the merged entity of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA). Brian became the inaugural Chair of the WPMA and still remains in that role.