His wife, Iris, a former head teacher, became disabled through a spinal injury and died from cancer in 2003. His experience as a carer has given Brendan a profound understanding of disability issues, and he shares Iris's passion for animal welfare.
His pastimes include classical music and jazz, playing the piano, swimming, a minimal amount of gardening, and occasionally watching The Simpsons!
His working life started in local journalism followed by PR, advertising and marketing in London and Manchester. He moved into the public sector initially to help steer the first NHS reorganisation. Then he was involved in the 1974 reorganisation of local government..
In 1985, he joined Welsh Water as Head of Public Affairs for the privatisation process.
In 1990 he launched his own private sector communications and behavioural research company, working nationally and internationally with clients such as the BBC, ITN, Reuters, Exxon, Marriott, the DTI and others.
In 2010, he stood as a local Independent Candidate in the General Election because he felt “so angry with the corruption of party politics and the damage being done not just to democracy but also to the very essence of our nationhood.”