Bruce worked as a solicitor for 26 years with a large north-east firm before leaving in 2014 after 21 years as a Partner. He specialised in health and safety and personal injury law throughout his career as well as having wide ranging management responsibilities within his firm. He has a wide range of outside interests and a long history of voluntary sector engagement.

His relationship with MHM goes back to 2006 and he has been closely involved in advising the organisation ever since. In April 2017, Bruce was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.