Brian Heatley is a former senior civil servant who worked in the Department for Trade and Industry and then in the Employment Department, leaving as an under-secretary. Like most civil servants he moved rapidly from job to job, and his work included metrication, company law, shipping, telecommunications and in particular the 1983 sale of British Telecom, financial services, radio regulation, support for small firms and running government adult training programmes. He has also worked both in inner London and Ethiopia as a maths teacher.
From 2004 until 2009 he was a member of the Green Party of England and Wales national executive, responsible for policy. He was co-author with Andy Dobson of the Green Party's 2010 General Election manifesto; in particular he was responsible for costing the proposals and making sure it all added up.
Brian lives in Weymouth in a barn he helped to restore next to his orchard and vegetables. His wife Nicky Harman is a translator of Chinese modern literature. His initial academic training was as a mathematician with a first degree from Cambridge and an M.Phil from Warwick, where he studied discontinuous solutions of partial differential equations. He then rather later in life took a history degree at Sheffield, followed by an MA in historical research from Birkbeck, where he specialised in plague in early modern London. His current major interest though is political economy, but widened to take in the whole of material life.