Born in Sheffield in 1961 Brian was one of 6 children of Jamaican parents. His parents had who had emigrated to the UK from the West Indies in the late 1950’s. As a first generation British borne black Brian struggled to find purpose and direction for his life. This resulted in several appearances in Juvenile Court as a youngster. However, aged 13 he was encouraged to take up boxing as a means of channelling his energy. Through this he was able to understand the benefit of self-discipline; it raised his self-esteem and brought him the respect from both his peers and the adults in his life, that he craved. He wasn’t too ‘shabby’ a boxer either winning the National Association of Boys Club (NABC), Amateur boxing title in 1980.
At the age of 18 following his success at the NABC championship, whilst training as an apprentice electrician Brian signed as a Professional boxer. 5 years later in 1985 he won the British Middleweight title at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. He retired from boxing just over a year later having lost his tittle to Tony Sibson at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall.
Following his retirement from boxing Brian focused for a while on his education achieving a CQSW to work as a Probation Officer, a graduate degree in Professional Studies in Social Work and a post graduate certificate in Criminal Justice. He has dedicated his life to working with offenders including roles as a Probation Officer both in the community and as a seconded officer in a Prison. In 1996 his was successful in gaining a place on the Prison Service (graduate) Accelerated Promotion Scheme. Following his graduation from the scheme he has worked in both the Private and Public sector prison service. He has governed several establishments over the years including as: Director – Dungavel Immigration Removal (IRC) Centre, Director – HMP & YOI Doncaster, Director – HMP & YOI Ashfield and Director – HMP Lowdham Grange.
In 2013 Brian took a break from Prisons to undertake the role of Director – National Citizen Services, Network, a programme for engaging 16 – 17 year olds in Outward Bound and Volunteering programmes. In 2015 Brian was asked to undertake the role of Strategic Advisor – for Juvenile Welfare in Abu Dhabi for the local & Federal Government. He returned to the UK in 2017 and has recently taken on the role of Operations Director at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC), in Rugby.