Sir Brian is a very senior former UK civil servant with very significant experience of working and leading the boards of companies and trade bodies in a wide range of sectors.
He spent more than 35 years in Whitehall, including nearly a decade as Permanent Secretary of three different government departments (Cabinet Office, Defra and the Department for Business). He developed particular experience in EU affairs, regulatory policy, and in the specific areas of public policy dealt with in his Departments (eg. climate change, energy policy, science and innovation).
After leaving the civil service he built a portfolio of business interests, serving as Chair of the London Metal Exchange, Chair of Water UK (the trade association for the water industry), and Non-Executive Director of a regulator, the Financial Reporting Council.