Ponteland is a town to the north-west of Newcastle situated in the county of Northumberland. It is home to Northumbria Police's headquarters and the affluent Darras Hall housing estate where many Newcastle United footballers live. Newcastle Airport is located close by.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.