Wooler is a market town on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills. A popular base for walkers, the town is referred to as the "Gateway to the Cheviots". Early visitors included Daniel Defoe, Sir Walter Scott and local heroine Grace Darling. The area is mentioned in the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
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.