Brett holds a PhD in English from Victoria University of Wellington. He has diverse skills, also having an Master's in Architecture with an emphasis on theory and history. In addition to that, he is a novelist and literary academic. His teaching experience has covered design, art, architecture and English, with a substantial portion devoted to teaching academic writing and communication. He has training and experience in dealing with students with English as a second language and volunteers as a tutor for refugees. He is fascinated by what other people have to teach him about their own expertise, imagination, and life stories. He also likes cats.