Prior to setting up Brian Cavanagh Consulting, Brian spent more than 25 years in public service in Scotland. He was a Councillor and Health Board member and Chair, holding responsibility for key areas of delivery of public services.

Taking on high profile leadership roles, Brian was well known and highly regarded across Scotland as a dynamic and forward thinking leader in the public arena. Respected across political parties as someone committed to getting the job done: improving public services, supporting business and enterprise, and ensuring quality care and support to vulnerable people. 

Brian now leads a successful mentoring and coaching consultancy specialising in leadership, governance and building influence. Brian believes that having the right leadership approach is essential for the success of an organisation. Through working with the CEO, Board or senior management team Brian helps to shape their vision, re-define their purpose and implement their core objectives. 

Brian is passionate about the quality of leadership, particularly in public service, and how that impacts upon people who use the services and the people who work in the services.

Extensive service and organisational change programmes including supporting the development of local government in Kosovo are some of his achievements.  He lectured at Napier University Edinburgh in social services, and local and national government and holds a degree in Political Studies.  Brian was a member of the children’s hearing system. He chaired Social Work for many years as well as serving as CoSLA spokesperson on Social Work and as an advisor on Social Inclusion to the Scottish Government.

Working now as an organisation strategist, consultant, and trusted adviser Brian guides CEOs and senior teams to operate in ways that bring long lasting change achieved in a short period of time. He has a strong track record of bringing about major advances in positioning for the market and delivering results. He helps businesses design innovative services, grow their share of the market and serve people well. Brian is also a keynote speaker on leadership and influence.