It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Brian Gibson, well known by many in the ICSB affiliate in Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) community and respected internationally in the ICSB global family for his contributions to the small business sector.
Brian was a pioneer of SEAANZ and actively engaged in much of the ‘behind the scenes’ work which has made the organisation the success it is today. While he only assumed a more public role in serving as President of SEAANZ 2010-2012, he also played a vital role as Editor of the SEAANZ journal “Small Enterprise Research” (2005-2007) and his dedication to the organisation and to the journal continued for many years after.
Recognition of his tireless efforts in the small business field came with his Presidency of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB 2008 – 2009) and later, award of the prestigious Wilford White Fellowship from ICSB.
Brian epitomized the four pillars of SEAANZ, effortlessly combining his firm belief in the value of education and research as informing and as being informed by policy and practice.
We are the poorer for his passing but he leaves us enriched by his dedication and vision to uniting Small and Medium Enterprise professionals in practice, education, and training and to promote SME development, communication, and dissemination of ideas and information.
We will miss you Brian!
President and Directors of SEAANZ
President and Directors of ICSB
ICSB Global Family