Brighton was born on 6th April, and he graduated with Bachelor of Education from University of Malawi-Chancellor College in 1991.In 1995 he obtained Bachelor of Education (hon.) in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, South Africa and then proceeded to obtain MA: Environment & Socio –Economic Development from University of Natal in 1998. From 1991, Brighton has worked with Department of National Park and Wildlife (DNPW) as Parks and Wildlife Officer (PO) and then as Parks and Wildlife Officer (Wildlife Management) (PO) at Liwonde National Park. From 1993-1995 he was assigned to work as Parks and Wildlife Officer (PO)(Research & Planning) at Lengwe National Park and then as Senior Parks and Wildlife Officer,(P8)(Education and Extension) at DNPW. In 2004 ascended to the position of Division Manager responsible for Liwonde and Lake Malawi National Parks, then as Assistant Director for Education ad Extension and as Deputy Director in April 2013 before being appointed as Director of National Parks and Wildlife in September 2013.