Brian has taught across a range of subjects over a career in higher education that started in January 1980 at Preston Polytechnic, as the University of Central Lancashire was then known. During that period from 1980 to 1984 Brian helped to develop and validate the BSc in Quantity Surveying, the first degree offered in what was then the School of the Built Environment. Returning in 1989 after spells in Manchester and Melbourne, Australia, Brian developed and was course leader for the first full time honours degree in Quantity Surveying, four years later leaving to become head of department at Glyndwr University, School of Architecture, Urban and Regional Studies. Brian returned to the University of Central Lancashire in March 2015 to take responsibility for the overseas courses on the Department of Construction and Civil Engineering, School of Engineering.
Brian is the International Franchise Co-ordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Building Surveying, Construction Project Management, Facilities Management and Quantity Surveying which are offered with the support of local partners in Hong Kong, Mauritius and Oman. He also supports the teaching of these courses overseas through teaching and administering quality assurance processes. This support takes the form of preparing and delivering blocks of learning, preparing and delivering staff development courses to staff at partner institutions and liaising with partner institutions in the preparation of documentation for interim quality assurance reviews, both internal, as part of the University of Central Lancashire quality assurance processes and external, as required by national organisations and accrediting professional bodies. Brian undertakes dissertation supervision on the UK and at overseas sites at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Brian was a member of the Board of Governors at Glyndwr University for six years from 2007 advising on staff matters and Glyndwr University's financial policy through the change from central funding to the setting of individual university fees and the renegotiation of the teaching contract. During that period on the board he was also the head of Department of Occupational and Public Health where he developed the undergraduate honours programme in Occupational Health and Safety and the postgraduate Masters in Public Health. At the same time Brian was Chair of the Board of Trustees at Sahir House, a small HIV centred charity in Liverpool. As Chair, Brian negotiated with the NHS over service level agreements and developed, with the Board new sources of finance including grants from the National Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the MAC-AIDS Fund, The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Comic Relief. The Comic Relief grants were used by the Board and the Staff of Sahir House to expand services to include support for refugees from sub-Saharan Africa arriving in the UK and to combat prejudice and provide educational resources in schools and universities. Within Sahir House a training programme was funded to provide advocate support for refugees to help them through the immigration process. The Heritage Lottery grant allowed for the provision of a spoken history of HIV and AIDS in Liverpool to be created, which now resides in the North West Sound Archive, alongside an exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool.
- MSc Applied Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006
- MSc Management Sciences, University of Manchester, 1989
- BSc Construction Economics, University of Glamorgan 1976
- Construction procurement systems
- Management of stress
- Health and Safety in Construction
- Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health, 1998
- Professional Associate, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 1978