Werner Brinkmann grew up in his birthplace Hamm, graduated from high school in 1966 he put up at the grammar school Hammonense. From 1966 to 1970 he studied at the universities of Freiburg and Münster jurisprudence. The First State Exam, he laid in 1970 and the Second State Exam in 1975 from. In 1975 he also received his doctorate at the University of Münster with a dissertation on Consumer organizations of the Federal Republic and its activity in the technical standardization of Doctor of Law.
From 1975 to 1979 he was Head of Administration and Legal Stiftung Warentest in Berlin. Following this he worked until 1992 when Germany radio, most recently as Head of HR, legal and professional fees / licenses.
In 1981 he was appointed Warentest in the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, and from 1992 through 1994 he was a member of the board of the Stiftung Warentest. As the CEO Roland Hüttenrauch retired, was Werner Brinkmann 1995 sole director of Stiftung Warentest. His appointment as sole director was last extended for a further five years in 2006. In December 2009, due to his initiative, he got a commitment from the Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner, by 2012, to increase the endowment of the Foundation Warentest 50 million euros.
End of 2011, Brinkmann retired, his successor is since 2 January 2012, the former chief editor of the magazine test Hubertus Primus.
Werner Brinkmann is a member of the board of the organization International Consumer Research & Testing, Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of German Consumer Association ( vzbv ) and member of the Steering Committee of the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE ).
Since 1995 Werner Brinkmann is a member of the board of the German Institute for Standardization ( DIN). 2000 BAUM Environmental Award of the German Working Group, he was awarded Environmental Management.
2011 was Werner Brinkmann for his achievements in the service of consumers, the Federal Cross of Merit.
He is not politically active, and lives with his wife and his son in Berlin- Zehlendorf.
- With Peter Sieber: usability, utility and quality. In: Tilo Pfeifer, Robert Schmitt ( eds. ): Handbook of Quality Management / Masing. 5th edition. Hanser, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-446-40752-7, pp. 777-786.
- Legal aspects of the importance of technical standards for the protection of consumers. Publisher: German Institute for Standardization, Beuth, Berlin, Cologne 1984, ISBN 3-410-10845-9.
- The competition and tortious importance of the rank of product tests and price comparisons. In: Operating Advisor. Volume 38 1983 ISSN 0340-7918, pp. 91-94.
- Contractual problems with goods ordered on-screen text. In: Operating Advisor. Volume 36, 1981 ISSN 0340-7918, pp. 1183-1190.
- On the problem of advertising with test results. In: Operating Advisor. Volume 33 1978 ISSN 0340-7918, pp. 1285-1291.
- Legal problems of comparative product tests in the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Journal of Consumer Policy. Volume 1, Issue 3, 1977, pp. 255-265.
- Consumer organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany and their activities in the inter-company standardization. Heymann, Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Munich 1976, ISBN 3-452-18149-9.