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 corporate 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’scareer the relationship lapsed for a number of years. Having taken early retirement from BT, Brian embarked on a programme of study, 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 College. 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; these trips reinforced his sense of the adverse impact of human activity on such very diverse parts of the environment.
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 cricket. Brian also enjoys just about anything Italian. He has two sons and delights in his two grandchildren.