About Brian

About Brian

Brian is committed to offering an open, 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, awarded the 2015 Rotarian of the Year by the Whakatu Rotary Club and the Club President for 2018-2019.

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 has chaired the Planning and Regulatory committee for the past two trienniums.

He is also on the Community Services and Sport and Recreation committees. Additionally he is a member of the Regional Pest Management Joint Committee and the Land Development Manual Steering Group with elected members from the Tasman District Council.

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.

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 is a keen swimmer and competes in open water events. Brian is also the proud owner of five bikes, for both road and mountain biking.  

He has been married to Denise for nearly 38 years and they have two adult children .


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