Dean of Research & Programme Development
Brian is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning author, researcher, educator and songwriter, with a passion for early-childhood education and a special interest in the psychology and neuroscience of the learning brain.
Recruited by David at the very beginning of the MindChamps journey (1998), Brian’s leadership of the MindChamps Research and Programme-Development teams and his work with leading educationists, developmental psychologists, language-acquisition specialists and neuroscientists from 4 continents has been instrumental in the development of MindChamps’ educational philosophy and ‘brain-friendly’ learning strategies – including the S.M.I.L.E.S.TM Early Learning methodology, hailed as a breakthrough in preschool curriculum design, which is used in all MindChamps PreSchool and Early Learning centres worldwide. He was also mentor to the team which developed the celebrated curriculum for MindChamps Reading – personally writing over 200 reading and phonics books and 40 songs for use in the programme.
Over the past 35 years, Brian has spoken live to over 300,000 people on the subjects of Creativity, Literacy, Writing, Education and Early-Childhood Development – and to many more on podcasts, videos and Zoom presentations, television and radio.
Brian’s published writings range from innovative novels and short-stories to instructional volumes for parents and educators, from picture books for beginning readers to numerous articles and book chapters on literacy, creativity, education and parenting.