Brian is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer. At the end of March 2014, he retired after 40 years with Arup, the 11,000 strong employee-owned consulting practice behind many of world’s most notable building and infrastructure projects. As a director since 1989, Brian led the Arup team of planners, designers, engineers and consultants based in Scotland, which contributed greatly to the social, economic, cultural and environmental infrastructure built during this time. Under his leadership the firm’s Scottish workload, client base and influence expanded significantly.
Brian now practises as an independent expert. His professional interests include economic development, city and community futures and planning the next generation of smart, sustainable, environmentally responsible, energy efficient, low carbon projects needed to enable and support future economic, social and environmental development – generally by making things happen and doing more with less.
His wider interests include smart, sustainable technologies; education; investment in infrastructure as a driver of beneficial change; and maximising the benefits resulting from integration of new technologies into society. Brian is an advisory board member of the Scottish Cities’ Knowledge Centre and the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow. He is a past director and board member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and past member of the advisory boards of Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Green Investment Portfolio. He has been a Visiting Professor at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and is a former Chief Examiner of The Institution of Structural Engineers.