A ‘Man of Kent’, Bryan grew up in Ashford, Kent with strong farming family connections leading to a career in agricultural education and training. This took him initially to Dorset, back to Ashford, then Guildford and Warwickshire where he was Deputy Principal of the College of Agriculture at Moreton Morrell, with responsibility for the curriculum as well as the 1,000 acre farm and estate. Just prior to retirement Bryan spent eight years as CEO for the land-based sector of the NPTC/City & Guilds Awarding Body and charity, based in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

Having first visited an elderly Aunt Maud Hoadley in the London Hornsey Rise Home as a small boy, Bryan’s association with the Society goes back a very long way. In adult life, whilst working in Kent and with his wife Gill they ran the Milward Home Young Peoples Group from its inception, mainly with young people from Union Chapel Bethersden. Bryan & Gill were blessed with four children who are now all married and have produced fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren!

Bryan and Gill are founder members, and continue as part of the leadership team at Emmanuel Church Leamington Spa where the Church has been richly blessed under the ministry of Pastor Bill James. Bryan is chair of the Coventry and West Midlands Auxiliary and temporarily the Evington Friends Group. Following the closure of the Wellsborough Home, Bryan takes a particular interest in the Evington Home, Pilgrim Gardens and Dorothea Court.