Brian has variously been a mechanical engineering designer, a Naval Officer, an IT Programme manager and a management consultant. He holds a BSc in Engineering from Bath University, an MSc in IT Management from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in corporate education from Middlesex University. In the late 90's he was Professor of Systems Management at the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University, Washington DC.Brian's current focus is on the design and development of work based learning programmes in support of major organisational change initiatives, in this capacity has worked with the leadership teams of several global companies in the FMCG arena. He consults widely in the area of leadership, programme management and learning development and he is in demand as a guest speaker at conferences and industry gatherings.
Brian acts as a Programme Adviser for around a dozen students from around the world mentoring candidates on the Doctorate in Professional Studies and the Professional Doctorate by Public Works Programmes.Learning and Teaching interests centre around the use of rich questioning techniques as a means of catalyzing and leading transformational change initiatives. He is particularly interested in new and innovative modes of collaborative knowledge production in the workplace.
Current research interests centre on how practice based knowledge created as a direct result of doctoral study in the workplace can be conextualised in terms of its transformative nature both within the parent organization and in wider professional practice. This builds upon previous doctoral research that proposed a new model of evaluation for corporate training programmes.
His most recent book is the 2nd Edition of "Teaching and Learning On-line" published by Routledge. In the last 4 years he has also co-authored "30 Key Questions that unlock management" and "Changing the IT Leaders Mindset – time for revolution rather than evolution".
Brian is the coordinator for all Work Based Learning Programmes operating from the Universities South East Asia centre.
He has a particular interest in and wide experience of developing senior managers to lead multi-national collaborative innovation programmes.