As a child Brian collected stamps, as most of us did, and came back to collecting again in 1968. He began with stamps but having been interested in aviation since 1935 when a bi-plane made a forced landing in a field near where he and his family lived at the small town of Morley in Yorkshire, England. Brian's mother took him along and popped him into the cockpit which is his earliest memory and led to a lifelong love of aircraft and aviation. During his National Service in the Royal Air Force in the early 1950s Brian had the time of his life, flying on Coastal Command as an Air Signaller which was basically being a radio operator, using the Morse code, but also manning the radar, firing the guns, dropping the bombs (never in anger) and making the dinner on long flights over the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea.
Bearing in mind this strong aviation interest he started collecting airmails and got to know Francis J. Field, the leading aerophilatelic dealer in Great Britain, who suggested he should collect Chinese Air Mails. Sound advice which he took. That was 40 years ago and Brian has never regretted it.
The Concorde Study Circle was founded by a group of enthusiasts in 1978 and has continued ever since. Their main interest is in things philatelic including stamps, flown covers and postmarks, but it also extends to related ephemera, such as postcards, menus, timetables, flight certificates, models, stickers, cinderellas, and even pieces of Concorde itself. Brian has been the Chairman and Newsletter editor since then.
Brian has been involved in organised philately during this time and, amongst the positions held are those of Patron of the British Air Mail Society; Honorary Life Vice President of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) having been the founder Chairman of Council and served in that capacity for 10 years; holder of the Congress of Great Britain Congress Medal; elected to the American Air Mail Society (AAMS) Hall of Fame; elected a Life Member of the AAMS; Past President of three other societies in the UK.
Brian's “On Dragons' Wings – Chinese Airmails” exhibit has been awarded two gold medals and in 2009 it was shown in the Court of Honour at the Beijing 2009 Aeropex international exhibition where Brian was also an international judge. The Chinese Post Office has since published a book of the exhibit in both English and Chinese. In Brian's business life he worked 37 years for Midland Bank (now HSBC) and held several managerial positions in London, England. After retirement in 1988 he worked for Phillips, the auctioneers (now Bonhams) for 20 years, in the stamp department but also specialised in bonds, bank notes, postcards and cigarette cards.
Brian has been happily married to Anne for 53 years and they have two sons and a daughter, also two adult grandsons.