Bryan grew up in the district, is married to Ally with two adult children and has previously been a local business owner and worked in the farming world, including shearing and owning a farm. Bryan entered politics as one of the youngest ever Clutha District Councillors in 1998.
In his younger days Bryan had extensive periods of being unemployed or underemployed, so has an empathy and determination to assist in any way he can to promote job opportunities (JOBBORTUNITIES) to others. One of Bryan’s big passions is youth unemployment, he recently stepped down from the national group Mayors Taskforce for Jobs and has established a very successful local programme Ready Steady Work to get all of Clutha’s youth into employment and he is currently enjoying working on the ‘JOBBORTUNITIES’ project supporting people into employment.
Bryan is very passionate about the Clutha district and works hard to foster council’s goal of promoting growth in the district.
Bryan has a keen social awareness and in the past was a champion for the district’s “It’s not OK” campaign against family violence, fought to keep the Telford training institute open, and raised awareness of the methamphetamine crisis in the Clutha district.
Outside of work, Bryan is keen on cricket, rugby and gardening. Bryan and Tim Cadogan are the only brothers to be Mayor at the same time and in neighbouring communities