Born in Llandudno in Wales, Mr Brown was educated at Wesley College, Dublin and John Bright Grammar School, Llandudno. He graduated with a BSc in Economics from University College, Cardiff and began his career as an accountant with Deloitte in Manchester, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1975.
Mr Brown spent seven years as a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of North Wales in Bangor before moving to a role at the TSB Group developing training courses for senior management. In 1992, he became a partner at Dunn and Ellis in Porthmadog. He retired in 2011 and became an associate with the firm.
He became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1995 and has served on a number of Committees. He was Chairman of the Championship Committee in 2017 and the Open Championships Committee from 2018-19. He has also chaired the Amateur Status Committee since 2019 and served on the General Committee and Membership Committee in recent years.
Mr Brown served as a Rules official at a number of major professional championships and leading amateur championships and was Chief Recorder at The Open from 2011 to 2015.
As well as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, Mr Brown, who plays to a handicap of 7, is an honorary member at Royal Porthcawl, Royal St Davids, Llandudno Maesdu, Conwy, (Caernarfonshire), Porthmadog and Rhuddlan golf clubs. He is also currently a member of Penmaenmawr Golf Club, the Narwhals, Aberconwy Past Captains and Seniors golf societies.
Aged 70, Mr Brown lives with his wife Christine in Conwy. They have two sons, Graham and Benjamin, who are both keen golfers.
In the past, the Club Captaincy was bestowed on the winner of the annual Challenge for the Silver Club but by the early 19th Century the Captaincy had become an elected office. Part of the tradition is that the new Captain buys his golf ball back from the caddie who retrieves and returns it with a gold sovereign.
Martin O’Brien, who has caddied at the links since 2019, successfully returned the ball to Mr Brown.
“I’ve attended the drive in since 2019 and this is the first time I’ve collected the ball. I felt that he was going to hold the club a little tighter with the cannon going off at the same time, which generally means the ball is going to go left. It was worth the early morning start, but now it’s back to work as normal!”