(BSC Hons, MMgt)
Spaces and Places Project Manager
Biran was a keynote speaker at the 1982 World Parks Congress in Bali, Indonesia – where he looked into the new adaptations that could assist 'Conservation’ in Oceania. This set the tone for his career, where his main areas of focus include assisting with the development of long-term goals and vision setting for organisations, planning delivery mechanisms, and asset management. This has included provision for visitor services, extensive revegetation programmes and community events. A very competent strategic thinker and planner, Biran has utilised this throughout his career and adds value to the Thrive Team with his considerable project management skill set.
Biran organised the first and then several community Diwali functions in Manukau City. Have organised ethnic and island sports tournaments in Auckland. Biran has always built and maintained strong relationships with Iwi, Pacific Islanders and other cultural groups including being the Chair of Fala Pasifika – Pacific Staff Association at Manukau City Council and Yatra – Indian Staff Association at Auckland Council.
Biran is well known for having a “can do” attitude. This includes a commitment to personal or organisational goals, and going the extra mile to achieve them. Brian has previously been the NZRA Northern Region chairman.
A special project Biran has been involved in is Species Recovery Plans, including assisting the build of captive breeding facilities for crested iguanas and peregrine falcons.
Keynote Speaker – Oceania Realm - 1982 World Parks Congress
Former Vice-Chair of World Commission of Parks and Protected Areas (IUCN)
Former Chair of the New Zealand Recreation Association Northern Region
Former Chair– Regional Advisory Group, New Zealand Recreation Association
Life Member – International Society of Mangrove Ecosystems
Former Chairman of the Rongomai Sports and Community Trust