About Brian

About Brian

Brian is committed to offering a transparent, accountable and progressive alternative for all the people of Nelson.

Prior to serving on Council Brian was the Nelson Bays Police Area Commander for more than eight years before leading an international team of officers in Afghanistan during 2011-12.  He retired from the Police after 35 years’ service just before the 2013 elections. His hard-working campaign paid off and Brian was elected to Council as the highest polling candidate.

Brian brings with him a wealth of public service experience and he is instinctively community-minded, Brian is an active member of the Whakatu Rotary Club. He was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2012 and was awarded the 2015 Rotarian of the Year by the Whakatu Rotary Club.

Fostering positive relationships with people is critical, listening to their needs and then finding a solution. As such, he has been visiting people all over Nelson to hear their concerns and listen to their opinions regarding how the council could work better for them.

In addition to the usual duties of an elected councillor, Brian is the Chair the Planning & Regulatory Committee.

The state of the environment is one of Brian’s main concerns. He is the Chair of the Nelson Biodiversity Forum and member of each of Nelson's Freshwater Management Unit working groups. He is proud to have advocated and championed both Project Maitai/Mahitahi and Nelson Nature.

Transparency and prudent management are critically important to Brian. He is a member of Governance Committee and Audit, Risk & Finance Sub-Committee.

Brian is also a member of the Nelson Regional Transport Committee.

Brian graduated from University of Canterbury with a law degree and has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor. He is also an accredited hearings commissioner.

He has been married to Denise for more than 34 years and they have two adult children.


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