He became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1971, and a Fellow in 1979.
Bernard worked for Exel PLC (formerly NFC PLC and previously National Freight Corporation) from 1973-2005. He has worked in a number of voluntary capacities being severally, Joint Hon Treasurer of the Catholic Union of Great Britain since 1981, as well as the Treasurer of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Lieutenancy of England and Wales, since 2006. He was also a member of his local Parish Finance Committee, as Treasurer from 1995-2013.
He is a member of the Catenian Association and has been married to Margaret, with whom he has three children, since 1972.