Brian Johnson

Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked at Imperial Chemical Industries for 15 years doing research work, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Whilst working in Louisiana (USA) in the early ‘90s, he led the design and commissioning of the world’s first industrial scale plant making ozone friendly refrigerants.

After a short spell at Tate and Lyle, he moved to Remploy for 4 years, a company employing 6,000 disabled people in its extensive manufacturing activities around 80 UK sites, where he was Operations Director. The introduction of intensive personal learning activity and full engagement of factory teams in improvement work created productivity gains of up to 60% and gave many of the employees the confidence to find employment outside Remploy. 

He moved to the affordable housing sector where he was CEO of 3 companies over 13 years. Most recently of Metropolitan. Over 5 years, he led a team that turned around Metropolitan from near collapse to a sector high performer - substantially increasing its annual profits from a break even position, re-establishing a large new build programme, and making significant, lasting improvement to the personal resilience of 17,000 customers per year.

Brian joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Chief Executive in October 2018.

Brian is married with two girls – one finishing school and the other at university. He enjoys sailing the gaff cutter that he built several years ago in the Solent.