Brian was born in Derry and has worked since 1980 in a range of organisations in London and north east England in the field of Planning, Housing and Regeneration. He has extensive background knowledge of homelessness and has been passionate about improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable in our society since experiencing homelessness as a teenager in London. 

He has worked in local authority housing at a senior level for over 25 years and has worked for Newcastle City Council as Head of Housing where he played a key role in the re provision of a 45 unit statutory homeless assessment centre in 2013. More recently he has worked for a housing association measuring the social impact of investment. Currently he is Director of Helping Hand North East providing financial assistance for vulnerable homeowners for the purposes of housing repair, improvement and adaptation. 

In the past he has been a board member for a number of registered social landlords, care providers and Chaired an award winning Neighbourhood Management project in Newcastle. In addition to his Housing Justice role he is a primary school Governor and is a member of one of the Honours Committee which advises the Cabinet Secretary on the composition of the twice yearly lists of recommendations for the Queens honours. 

Brian is married and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.

January 2017