Brian was born in Sydney. He was an apprentice with Qantas in line maintenance. He has worked in Lae New Guinea, Singapore, Geelong (Avalon Airport), Perth and Darwin. From Singapore, he did short trips to Jakata, Penang (Butterworth), Colombo, Bangkok and RAF Tengah (Singapore). He went to London for training in 1958 and 1962.

He arrived in Brisbane in 1968, relinquishing his Australian citizenship to become a Queenslander. As can be seen from his photo, his main interests are ultra lights and flight simulators. He is also a square dancer and caller.