Brian was born in Cooroy QLD in December 1943 to a farming family. His father was a farm labourer/share farmer which resulted in his family moving often. Brian left home at age 13 to live with his Aunt in Chinchilla QLD where she was a school teacher. Brian says that he owes the successful completion of his “scholarship” year to her strict dedication to teaching and discipline. At the end of 1958 he was accepted into the Naval Apprentices Training School, HMAS Nirimba at Quakers Hill NSW. This training lasted for four years after which he joined the fleet as a Weapons Technician. During his time in the Navy, Brian saw active service in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. He stayed in the Navy for 20 years. Upon leaving, he joined the public service in Canberra as a Senior Technical Officer.
Brian was in the Public Service for 3.5 years until he had a “mid-life crisis”, left the public service and, in 1982, purchased a Pest Control Business. Brain recalls “what a shock! I wondered what on earth I had done”. However he learned the technicalities of the Pest management industry and business management procedures and, as his confidence grew, he really enjoyed the challenges of his new career. Brian joined the Pest Management Industry Association (UPCA of NSW) in 1982 and was actively involved until June 2006. Through all of that time, Brian was a member of AEPMA and its preceding organisations.
During his time in AEPMA, he served as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of his local ACT Sub Branch as well as NSW/ACT Branch. He was also a Director on the National Board. Brian says “I have met many colleagues in Pest Management and am pleased to say that most, if not all, I would hope to be able to call friends”.
Brian left the Pest management industry in June 2006 after selling his Pest Control Business (Check Pest Control) in 2004 as well as his investment in TermiMesh in 2006. This decision was primarily due to his wife, Leanne having had to fight against ovarian cancer in 2003, a battle she finally lost in October 2007. Brian now spends a large part of his time involving himself in community service through his involvement in the Lions Organisation.