Brian gained a taste for the food industry in the 1970s during holiday work as a biscuit packer and QA Inspector while studying Business at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. An interest in people and a desire to change the “them and us” attitude prevalent in the food industry at the time led him into management with Bowyers.
He then joined Northern Foods, eventually becoming managing director of Pork Farms and subsequently joined the Northern Foods Executive, before seeking a fresh entrepreneurial challenge at the Leicestershire-based food manufacturer Samworth Brothers in 1995.
During his seventeen years at the company, he rose to Chief Executive, and oversaw a period of unprecedented growth. Brian stepped down from the company in 2012.