A native of Greenock, Brian Docherty had a flair for mathematics, English, chemistry and physics; excelling in all subjects, and a straight ‘A’ student. He began his career at IBM in Greenock. He started his optical career as a student dispensing optician at the Dollond and Aitchison Greenock practice.
He studied at the Glasgow College of Technology and was awarded a diploma in ophthalmic dispensing in 1989. He was appointed to various management positions in Glasgow, Greenock, Irvine and Clydebank. He studied contact lens fitting and achieved the Contact Lens Certificate of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in September 1991.