Howard is a former law student, who then became a Private Investigator. His life and career was on track until, in 1988 Howard's close friend was tragically murdered.
It was at this point that Howard realised that what he had learned at Law School was not exactly accurate. Howard discovered first hand there was no real protection and support for Victims of Crime.
In 1989, following this tragic event, Howard attended the inaugural meeting of Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL) and became a Committee Member. Shortly thereafter, in 1991, Howard established the Sydney arm of VOCAL. In 2016 Howard went out independently to continue his mission for providing support and assistance to Victims of Crime.
Howard is a member of the Victims Advisory Board, NSW Sentencing Council, and the DNA Review Panel. He provides assistance to Homicide Victims Support Group, Enough is Enough, Mission Australia, Stacsa (stand together against Sexual Abuse) Gunnedah, Homicide Victims Association and participates in many other organisations and committees.
Howard is a Victims Advocate for Victims of Crime before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and NSW Parole Authority. He is also engaged in restorative justice programs through The Department of Juvenile Justice and was involved as a Victims representative in the trial of the Forum Sentencing Scheme out of Liverpool Court.
Howard was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in June of 2004 for his work with Victims of Crime.
In 2011 Howard was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of New South Wales for his work with the University and for Victims of Crime.
In recent years Howard Brown has provided support in many high profile cases including the conviction and sentencing of paedophile, Timothy James Stewart and many more.