As a well-known figure in the electrical safety industry, Brian is currently serving as the Director of Equipment Safety & Licensing at the Queensland government Electrical Safety Office. A committee member for over three decades, his involvement has spanned participation on committees concerning electrical accessories, lighting, audio visual and information technology safety (with a period as Chair) and continued participation on committees for household equipment, switchgear, secondary batteries, welding plant, protective enclosures, renewable energy power supply systems and equipment and QR-012, Conformance Marking to Regulatory Requirements. He remains an active contributor to critical safety projects, such as the direct current (DC) isolator standard, the current inverter standard project, the photovoltaic (PV) installation standard, and the battery energy storage installation standard.
Brian is a tireless advocate for electrical safety and has made significant contributions to standardisation both nationally and internationally. Having worked with electrical safety standards since the early 1980s, he recognises the value and importance in use of standards to drive uniformity and improvements in electrical safety.
Brian’s contributions to the development of standards have been invaluable, particularly in emerging technologies such as renewables, where new risks have emerged. He played a key role in drafting the standards for DC isolators and the standards for PV solar systems installations, which contributed to a reduction in fires and increased community safety in the PV solar renewable industry. His work has been instrumental in improving community safety through the national framework of the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS).
The Standing Committee of Officials (SCO) of the EESS recognises Brian’s extensive work, with the Chair of the SCO nominating him for the Standards Australia 2023 Awards for his contributions to improving electrical safety standards. His wealth of experience, technical knowledge, and integrity have earned him the respect of both government and industry alike.