Brian is the Chairman of the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of New Zealand and Board Member of the Wood Council of New Zealand.
Brian has a 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 a number of senior management roles at the Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited Kawerau mill. In early 2000 Brian joined Carter Holt Harvey Limited where he is currently employed as General Manager, Fibre.
Brian served in 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 a Director on a number of companies and as Chairman and Trustee on a number of Maori Trusts.
Executive member for 6 years and chair for 3 years of NZ Pine Manufacturers Association (merged into WPMA in 2014).