Brian’s involvement with YPTE dates back more than 20 years. He worked for BT at the time which, as a sponsor of one of the Trust’s programmes, provided for him to spend some time with the organisation as a volunteer. This encompassed general business advice, drawing on his experience in starting up new business ventures for the company, and assistance with fundraising. In this capacity he played a substantial role in securing more than £400,000 for a National Lottery funded Millennium Awards scheme. Fellow trustee Chris Jones was a recipient of one of these awards.
With the relocation of the Trust to the West Country and the increasing demands of Brian’s career the relationship lapsed for a number of years. Having taken early retirement from BT in 2008 Brian embarked on a programme of studies, first securing a BA in Humanities and Art History from the Open University and then successfully completing an MA in the History of Art at Birkbeck Colege. During this time he also acted as a trustee for two local charities in Guildford, where he was then living, and carried out voluntary work assisting with classes for adults with learning disabilities. He also participated in a number of nature conservation projects, which took him to Siberia, Brazil, Oman and the Hebrides.
Brian is delighted to have become reacquainted with YPTE through his appointment as a trustee and relishes the opportunity to once again support its invaluable work. As well as enjoying the natural world his interests include cycling, walking and art history. Cricket too is a passion and and he still slightly regrets the ending of his active participation through his move to Tonbridge that severed ties with a club for which he had played for more than twenty years. Brian also enjoys just about anything Italian, especially the food. He is married with two sons and delights in his two grandchildren.