Brian joined Grampian Police in Scotland in May 1978 reaching the rank of Detective Superintendent. He subsequently served as a Senior Manager in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The bulk of his early police career was on drugs investigation, surveillance and major crime/incident investigation. In 1999 he was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service as Head of International Policy. Over the next 7 years he worked in the EU justice and home affairs arena and has represented the UK at a wide range of working groups and meetings.
He transferred from the police into SOCA on 1 April 2006 where he headed the International Strategy and Partnerships Department responsible for Europe, the EU, Turkey and the Balkans.
On 1 August 2007, Brian was appointed Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol.
On the 1 June 2010, Brian took on his current role at Europol as the Head of the Office of the Director. In this role he has a specific responsibility for promoting cross-departmental coordination and is therefore active across all areas of the business. With a particular focus on addressing issues that are either recurrent or exceptional, he has a broad experience in executive decision making, structured advice and project management.