Barry was born in Matlock, Derbyshire. He grew up in Dronfield and Chesterfield attending Gosforth & Fanshawe schools, then Chesterfield College and finally Sheffield Hallam University. Barry started working in IT in the manufacturing sector and then in IT support before becoming a non-clinical data and finance manager in the NHS. After discovering a passion for education from his time assisting a school’s project with Portsmouth museums he began re-training as Teacher of History in 2010.
Barry worked until recently in an inner-city school with experience of working with disenfranchised pupils from a range of backgrounds. Barry has lived in a variety places around the East Midlands: Dronfield, Codnor, Ashbourne, Leicester and Derby.
Barry is described as supportive, caring and hard-working; qualities demonstrated thus far in his personal and political life. One testament to Barry’s dedication to youth and education is the time he put into managing his school’s under 13 football team and the East Midlands under 17 fencing team. Barry is a passionate liberal who is committed to liberal values and equally dedicated to putting them in to action.
Barry became a devoted Liberal Democrat activist and has held a range of party roles locally and at regional and national level, Barry currently sits on the Lib Dems English Council as a representative of the East Midlands; he is keenly involved in local & regional policy groups. Barry is a determined campaigner for equality, voting reforms and the de-politicising of trade unions. Since working in education he has held union roles within UNISON and ATL (Association of Teachers & Lecturers). He is ardent supporter of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship & Economic education) and improving pastoral care. He will always work hard to better the lives of those around him, listening and progressing the concerns of others where ever possible. In 2018, he was selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Derby North.
Barry will work hard for Derby residents, campaigning for high quality efficient local services, fighting to see that national infrastructure improvements outside of London include our wonderful historic city.