Barry worked initially in local government and then in industry in Luton before moving to Essex to join the Purchasing department at Ford Motor Company in Dagenham. After 13 years with Ford, he worked for two other organisations in materials management and then into operations management, responsible for two manufacturing facilities in the UK.
He then joined an international management consultancy as a partner. Barry retired at the end of 2008 and became a trustee of the J’s Hospice in early 2009. He met Denise Whiffin and her family through Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford and have supported The J’s from its formation.